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Taylor's The Ethics of Authenticity

Suggestions for Criticism

Mark Robson

on 30 January 2013

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Transcript of Taylor's The Ethics of Authenticity

What criticisms can I
offer against Taylor? Mark-Scheme says that
'counter-arguments are
identified'. For the top mark
they must be 'identified and
analysed'! Possible Criticisms Were the London
riots individual or
group activities?
Social networking
Part of a larger purpose
Dialogic not monologic in nature
Just because something is corporate and not individual does not make it right! Sartrean ideas:
Existence before essence - but Taylor says the individual is made by the community in dialogue. Doesn't this imply essence before existence?
We invent ourselves
Taylor's ideas result in a loss of freedom
When the indivudual chooses he chooses for all Taylor talks about loss of transcendent values.
But if God does not exist, then, isn't this just
the case - there aren't any transcendent values.
Nietzsche believes that society ought to be hierarchical - some people are endowed with more talent than others. Isn't Taylor saying something dangerously similar?
He wants to keep the individual down under the heel of the community, to keep them in a link in the 'great chain of being'.
But there are no meanings except the ones we invent.
Taylor is for social conformity and against individual creativity and innovation. Taylor's argument that we live in inevitable horizons of significance is flawed.
We do live in inevitable horizons, but what horizons there are is arbitrary.
If a society where individual wealth is considered an end in itself, greed might be seen as good.
In a society where children are seen as merely a kind of property, child labour and exploitation might be accepted.
Horizons of significance don't tell us what to do.
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