Charles Taylor, The Ethics of Authenticity.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991.
Chapter 9: An Iron Cage?
Chapter 10: Against Fragmentation
- Which of the three initial "malaises" of modernity is the focus of this chapter?
- How do the knockers and boosters differ on the question of technology?
- How is it that the boosters of self-fulfillment become the knockers of technology and vice versa?
- How does this contradiction play out with respect to, say, abortion and environmentalism?
- Why is the dominance of instrumental reason not just a matter of the force of a certain moral outlook?
- What is the "iron cage"?
- Why does Taylor believe that the view of technological society as an "iron cage" cannot be sustained?
- Taylor believes that we are not "locked in." Why?
- What are the three important moral contexts from which the stress on instrumental reason has arisen?
- Explain Taylor's ethic of practical benevolence.
- Why did classical Marxism and Leninism collapse?
- Why can there never be, according to Taylor, a definitive solution to the problems posed by market efficiency within the modern welfare state?
- What does Taylor mean by "fragmentation"? Why does it pose more of a danger for our society than does soft depotism?
- According to Taylor, why and how does fragmentation come about?
- In this new fragmented situation, which two facets of political life take on greater and greater saliency?
- How does one fight fragmentation?
- According to Taylor, how has Canada been more fortunate than the United States with respect the question of fragmentation?
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