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Title: Charles Taylor: l'identità moderna fra genealogia e normatività
Authors: Mordacci, Roberto
Keywords: Thaylor, Charlesnormativitymodernity
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Roberto Mordacci, "Charles Taylor: l'identità moderna fra genealogia e normatività", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, IV (2002) 1
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
IV (2002) 1
This article tries to point out a source of potential conflict in Charles Taylor’s theoretical perspective. There is an unsolved tension between the historical reconstruction of the genealogy of the modern identity and the theoretical claim that our moral reactions are the basis of an objective assessment of practices. My intention is to analyse this tension at three different levels of discourse: first, Taylor’s position as a liberal non-atomist thinker hinges upon his idea that our moral identity depends on our free determination of our relation to good, which can be pursued only within the experience of a community. Second, this Hegelian trait of his perspective is also present in his meta-ethical theory, in which our moral reactions are said to be both instinctive and culturally mediate. In this case, it is not clear how an individual or a group can transcend this limited perspective, if any appeal to reason is inextricably tied to historical delimitations. Third, the principle that any culture in itself is to be considered equally valuable appears to be disputable in front of the objection that some cultures (e.g. nazism) do violate what seem to be fundamental rights and therefore do not deserve equal consideration and are not to be preserved.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
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