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Sources of the Self

Sources of the Self
The Making of the Modern Identity

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  • Date Published: March 1992
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print December 2014
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521429498

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  • 'Most of us are still groping for answers about what makes life worth living, or what confers meaning on individual lives', writes Charles Taylor in Sources of the Self. 'This is an essentially modern predicament.' Charles Taylor's latest book sets out to define the modern identity by tracing its genesis, analysing the writings of such thinkers as Augustine, Descartes, Montaigne, Luther, and many others. This then serves as a starting point for a renewed understanding of modernity. Taylor argues that modern subjectivity has its roots in ideas of human good, and is in fact the result of our long efforts to define and attain the good. The modern turn inwards is far from being a disastrous rejection of rationality, as its critics contend, but has at its heart what Taylor calls the affirmation of ordinary life. He concludes that the modern identity, and its attendant rejection of an objective order of reason, is far richer in moral sources that its detractors allow. Sources of the Self provides a decisive defence of the modern order and a sharp rebuff to its critics.

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    • Date Published: March 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521429498
    • length: 613 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 40 mm
    • weight: 0.934kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print December 2014
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Identity and the Good:
    1. Inescapable frameworks
    2. The self in moral space
    3. Ethics of inarticulacy
    4. Moral sources
    Part II: Inwardness:
    5. Moral topography
    6. Plato's self-mastery
    7. 'In Interiore Homine'
    8. Descartes's disengaged reason
    9. Locke's punctual self
    10. Exploring 'l'Humaine Condition'
    11. Inner nature
    12. A digression on historical explanation
    Part III. The Affirmation of Ordinary Life:
    13. 'God Loveth Adverbs'
    14. Rationalised Christianity
    15. Moral sentiments
    16. The providential order
    17. The culture of modernity
    Part IV. The Voice of Nature:
    18. Fractured horizons
    19. Radical enlightenment
    20. Nature as source
    21. The Expressivist turn
    Part V. Subtler Languages:
    22. Our Victorian contemporaries
    23. Visions of the post-romantic age
    24. Epiphanies of modernism
    25. Conclusion: the conflicts of modernity
    Notes
    Index.

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    Charles Taylor

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