Intercultural

Charles Taylor and the Modern Quest for Identity

Gordon Carkner / Saturday, January 25, 2020

Dr. Carkner traces the contribution of Charles Taylor on the question of identity, drawing on his three major tomes: Sources of the Self(1989); A Secular Age (2007); The Language Animal (2016).

Throughout his work, Taylor offers a highly sophisticated approach; he helps the individual to develop a strong consciousness that avoids identity crisis and collapse of meaning, with its accompanying anxiety (angst). For the reflective person, he believes that identity, morality and spirituality are inescapably interwoven. But the quest for identity also involves a quest to recover lost or repressed human language capacity—in particular, constitutive language.

To find out more about Charles Taylor and Dr. Carkner or listen to the podcast of the event click here.

 


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