Charles Taylor, The Ethics of Authenticity.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991.
Chapter 5: The Need for Recognition
Chapter 6: The Slide to Subjectivism
- Why do some think that a purely personal understanding of self-fulfillment is antitheitical to any strong commitment to a community?
- What are two modes of social existence which are linked with the contemporary culture of self-fulfillment?
- What is the difference between honour and dignity as it is understood in contemporary culture?
- Why did "recognition" never arise as a problem in earlier ages?
- Why are intimate personal (or "love") relationships seen as the "crucibles of inwardly generated identity"?
- Why can't mere difference itself be the ground of equal value?
- Why must there be substantive agreement on value so that the formal principle of equality does not become empty and a "sham"?
- What is social atomism?
- How is social atomism related to radical anthropocentrism?
- How does instrumental rationality fortify this atomism?
- What are the two "slides" to subjectivism to which Taylor refers?
- What is the relationship between "authenticity" and "originality"?
- What are the component dimensions of authenticity which Taylor names (A) and (B)?
- Why must one not privilege (A) over (B) or vice versa?