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Les sources du moi

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  • Title: Les sources du moi
  • Author: Charles Taylor
  • ISBN: 9782764660281
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Quatri me de couverture Il est impossible de saisir toute la richesse et toute la complexit de l identit moderne sans consid rer comment notre conception du moi s est d velopp e partir des images anciennes de l identit humaine Cet ouvrage tente donc de d finir le moi contemporain en en d crivant la gen se Par son ambition m me, un tel programme ne peut que fo Quatri me de couverture Il est impossible de saisir toute la richesse et toute la complexit de l identit moderne sans consid rer comment notre conception du moi s est d velopp e partir des images anciennes de l identit humaine Cet ouvrage tente donc de d finir le moi contemporain en en d crivant la gen se Par son ambition m me, un tel programme ne peut que forcer le respect Il ne fait aucun doute que Les Sources du moi demeureront un livre avec lequel il faudra compter et discuter pendant de nombreuses ann es Christian Delacampagne, Le Monde des livres

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    1. Tracy on said:

      I just finished this magnificent book this week. Although it took me a couple of years to read because of my schedule, it completely rearranged my mental furniture. Not many books can do that - for anyone! At least for anyone my age. Haha.In any case, Taylor examines the history of ideas and the sources for our sense of who it is that we are. He finds these sources in a variety of places, and the problem is that we sometimes view the contemporary sources to be in conflict. However, he believes t [...]

    2. Tom on said:

      I pretended to understand this book in grad school to impress a few professors whom I respected. Frankly, the book confused me and I could not track the author's thoughts or grasp any of the concepts. I keep the book on my office shelf in hopes that someone recognizes it and assumes that I am an intellectual. Three stars because smart people seem to love this book.

    3. Justin Evans on said:

      Don't tell my dissertation advisers that I hadn't read this before I finished- they might revoke my degree. On the other hand, they might say "well, you don't really need to read this unless you're a convinced naturalist/procedural ethicist/purveyor of socio-biology. Which you're not." And this is the problem. Like reading Wittgenstein when you're not already an analytic philosopher, this is only going to blow your mind if you haven't read any 20th century philosophy and are a little uncomfortab [...]

    4. Paul Crider on said:

      Taylor really lives up to the hype, although I must say as someone influenced by a lot of folks themselves influenced by Taylor, the book did feel like a bit of a slog at parts. One of the basic theses is to affirm value pluralism, particularly values prone to conflicting with one another. But Taylor's contribution (in my estimation) is to bring the depth of intellectual genealogy to these values, or "moral sources." He paints a vivid picture of how these moral sources have evolved, and how they [...]

    5. Adam Gurri on said:

      One of the deepest, most subtle books of philosophy and its history that I have ever read.

    6. Gary on said:

      In the absence of context, tradition and culture the modern self is impenetrable. Taylor provides the history necessary in order to understand how modern people (or at least up to the year 1989) got their meaning and purpose.The story presented is not an easy one to follow. A lot of the names he talks about are just names to me (Rilke, Ardono, D. H. Lawrence, Eliot, Yeats, and hundreds of more, I’m very ignorant on literature and poetry). I’m almost certain I could pick a paragraph at random [...]

    7. Josh on said:

      This is one of the most important books one can read on modern philosophy from a moderate Christian perspective. It is also readable. I highly recommend it.

    8. David Clark on said:

      This is my second reading of Taylor's now "classic" text outlining the spiritual and historical origins of modern western culture. To be clear, by "spiritual origins" I mean Taylor primarily dissects Christianity's contribution to the formation of Anglo-American culture. Taylor, a Catholic, is even-handed when handling protestant/catholic issues but covers little of non-Christian religious traditions. First published in 1989, Taylor's analysis has stood up well and remains a key source. (in addi [...]

    9. Andrew on said:

      I wish I had read this book twenty years ago.In the face of a certain philosophical inarticulacy among 20th century participants in modern Western civilization (which is more or less everyone on the planet to some degree), about why we care so much about, for example, the right to direct one's own life, about the dignity of ordinary people, about the reduction of suffering, Taylor sets out on a voyage of exploration of the historic intellectual and cultural currents which have combined in creati [...]

    10. Elizabeth on said:

      from the library see enpedia/wiki/Sources_Table of ContentsPrefacePart I. Identity and the Good:1. Inescapable frameworks2. The self in moral space3. Ethics of inarticulacy4. Moral sourcesPart II: Inwardness:5. Moral topography6. Plato's self-mastery7. 'In Interiore Homine'8. Descartes's disengaged reason9. Locke's punctual self10. Exploring 'l'Humaine Condition'11. Inner nature12. A digression on historical explanationPart III. The Affirmation of Ordinary Life:13. 'God Loveth Adverbs'14. Ration [...]

    11. William on said:

      A tome, but even with some dated interpretations of various philosophers, I read this entire book on the red 1,3,9 train and the 7 train heading to work at Citicorp while getting the MFA in NYC-- Taylor's vision of the social, psychological, economic development of the self and his thirst for communitarian principles won me over!

    12. Aaron Winston on said:

      An incredibly compact (all things considering) historical analysis of selfhood in the Western tradition. Highly recommended to those who are interested.

    13. Dale Muckerman on said:

      The question as to what is the good is for Taylor an enquiry into what are the values of our society and where did they come from. Taylor provides an in depth look that might change the way you look at the world. In many ways, our culture is in agreement as to what our values are. The problem is that the values themselves are in some ways contradictory and in tension with each other. We value a neutral disengaged scientific point of view, yet also value universal benevolence, freedom, and the in [...]

    14. Robin Friedman on said:

      Charles Taylor's Sources Of The SelfThe Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor has written two extended studies of what many people describe as modernity. The more recent of these books, "A Secular Age" (2007) examines the ways in which modern life became increasingly secularized or "disenchanted". Taylor in that book offered a long historical and analytical discussion of how people had, over centuries, tended to move away from a religious, transcendental outlook on life. Taylor received the Temple [...]

    15. Seth on said:

      An impressive historical exploration of the conflicting moral sources that shaped modernity--the ancient Greek and Abrahamic ideas of an ordered cosmos, the Enlightenment belief in disengaged reason, and Romantic views of Nature and self-expression. Taylor examines the historical trends leading to our modern sense of self -- the gradual evolution of the notion that the self possesses "inner depths"; the gradual "disenchantment" of the world; the dramatic elevation of the worth of everyday life - [...]

    16. Eliezer Sneiderman on said:

      Still processing this book. I think the first third worked better than the rest of the work. Taylor documents the development of the modern concept of "Identity" and analyzes how it has changed over time. Self-actualization used to be connected to deeper questions of "Good" and "Existence". Today, the concept is very, very thin.

    17. Billie Pritchett on said:

      There are a couple ways to tell the history of ideas. You can try to take a big concept, operationalize the definition and then follow that concept across time. A book that tells that kind of history is Steven Pinker's Better Angels of Our Nature Pinker takes the concept of violence, defines violence in terms of death by war and homicide, follows the stats from humanity's early history until our present age, and reveals to the reader, surprisingly, that violence has been declining across every p [...]

    18. Joseph Sverker on said:

      Charles Taylor's scope is very impressive in this book. He covers much ground and supports his vase very well, that there has become an internalisation of the self in the modern times. Although one can wonder what he means with "modern" when he starts the development with Augustine. Although, he does show clearly that it was not up until Descartes that the subject really was seen as internal. Descartes laid emphasis on the instrumental and solitary reason as Taylor points out. I am not so sure w [...]

    19. Dwight on said:

      A terrifically engaging, if philosophically demanding, study concerned with the historical constitution of the modern "self," or with what might be described as the idea that stands at the very center of all contemporary moral-political discourse and debate. I have found myself more impressed with Taylor's achievement almost every time I open it up again to continue my study. And while I have scribbled in the margins numerous quibbles with Taylor in his treatment of certain thinkers, especially [...]

    20. Tom on said:

      Taylor has a way of writing about intellectual history that leaves you subtly changed. After reading this, you'll no longer be able to escape the understanding that your imagination, ideas and aspirations are dependent on the streams of thinkers preceding you. Their approaches to timeless problems are embedded in your grammar. This doesn't mean you are trapped inside a narrow band of thinking. On the contrary, you may be able to exercise greater insight and imagination as a result of knowing thi [...]

    21. James on said:

      This book is huge, in every sense - he tries to do far too much and juggle an incredible number of arguments all at once, while also attempting to write the "history of the Western mind" in 600 pages. The basic point he wants to make is strong and important, etc but it gets lost in both Western essentialism (Catholics tend to do this) and fuzzy historical grounding. He steps back every hundred pages or so and says, "You know, I'm not offering historical causation here." But then he goes ahead an [...]

    22. Neil White on said:

      This is a massive book in every sense of the word, it is physically imposing, it takes on a phenomenally large subject matter (tracing philosophical ways of defining identity from Plato through modern and postmodern writers) and it is an incredibly insightful and deep work. It really helped me better understand not only the modern questions that we face in our culture but where the way we framed these questions originated. I am exhausted at the end of this book and it will probably take a while [...]

    23. Sam Grace on said:

      Does this deserve more than 3 stars? Almost certainly. But despite his clarity and the staggering breadth and depth of his knowledge, I cannot say that this was exactly a pleasure for me to read. I definitely learned a lot from it, but it was the kind of unapplied learning that can be a struggle. I still think Taylor is pretty awesome and impressive (and I'm amused by his hate-on for Foucault), but I definitely liked A Secular Age better. Also I'm super proud of myself for sticking it out and fi [...]

    24. Faisal on said:

      Managed to finally complete my reading of this book of immense scholarship and huge scope. Mainly a book of moral philosophy, it yet has a lot to offer to anyone interested in understanding the modern world. The last few chapters are almost entirely devoted to commentary on visual arts and poetry, highlighting their importance for an understanding of our world. A very valuable book for students of philosophy, culture, art and literature.

    25. Jordon Byers on said:

      This book awesome. Highly recommended. It is very philosophical in its tone and approach (as is to be expected from someone like Taylor), and requires a pretty strong commitment to get to the end; but it is well worth it. This book, more than any other I've read so far, will give you unparalleled insight into how we moderns conceive of ourselves, and the progression of thought that led to that conception!

    26. Jeremy on said:

      Terry Eagleton says the following here: "The idea that everyday life is dramatically enthralling, that it is fascinating simply in its boundless humdrum detail, is one of the great revolutionary conceptions in human history, which Charles Taylor in Sources of the Self claims as Christian in inspiration."

    27. mixal on said:

      I think it's written a lot with certain agenda in mind. It also spends way too much time analyzing quite obscure authors. In addition, it is very north-american centric, which makes it much less interesting than I'd expect it to be.

    28. Kang on said:

      "Very deep in all religious traditions where there is a god, or gods, at all, lies the idea that god's purposes are distinct from ours." Or what in Christian theology is known as the mystery of Providence.

    29. Derek on said:

      The book was somewhat difficult to get through, but the exploration of the self and the theories presented were enlightening. You might find yourself reading it outloud, with an accent, to stay awake.

    30. Blair on said:

      Amazing. Wow. If you like philosophy and are concerned about the modern self - and can stomach a cinder block-sized book about the topic - this book is for you. Taylor has written an incredible, artistic genealogy about how the modern self is built, brick by brick. Such a crafted hand.

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