Charles Taylor, The Ethics of Authenticity.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991.
Chapter 3: The Sources of Authenticity
Chapter 4: Inescapable Horizons
- What is "disengaged rationality"?
- What is the "new form of inwardness" which comes about with the modern age?
- What is "self-determining freedom"?
- How did Jean-Jacques Rousseau contribute to the evolving ideal of authenticity?
- What contribution does Johann Gottfried von Herder make?
- Why does Taylor think that one doesn't "reason from the ground up"?
- Why does no one acquire the languages needed for self-definition on his or her own?
- What does Taylor mean by "identity"?
- Why does Taylor think that the more self-centered modes of contemporary culture are "manifestly inadequate"?
- Why does soft relativism self-destruct?
- Why can't authenticity be defended in ways that collapse horizons of significance?