Charles Taylor, The Ethics of Authenticity.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991.
Chapter 7: La Lotta Continua
Chapter 8: Subtler Languages
- What does "La Lotta Continua" mean?
- What is Taylor's view of the culture of authenticity?
- What is "a work of persuasion"?
- Why does Taylor think that the struggle between Modernity's boosters and knockers is itself a mistake?
- What should both sides be fighting over? How is that different?
- What does Taylor think we should be trying to accomplish? What assumptions are involved in this task?
- Do you agree with Taylor that the ideal of authenticity "speaks for itself"? Why or why not?
- Why does authenticity open an "age of responsibilization"?
- Why does Taylor think it appropriate for a "genuinely free society" to take on the slogan "la lotta continua"?
- What is the difference between the "manner" and the "matter" of authenticity?
- Why does Taylor think that confusing these two notions is "catastrophic"?
- Why do the "publicly available reference points" (allusions found in literature or in art) no longer hold for us?
- Explain Shelley's use of the term "subtler languages." (pp. 84-85)
- What is the "ineradicably personal dimension" to which authors like T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, or Marcel Proust invite Taylor?
- What is the "something beyond the self" which modern poets have been attempting to articulate?
- How does Taylor use the issue of response to potential ecological disaster to illustrate both the inadequacy of anthropocentrism and the possibility of subtler languages?
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