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The Malaise of Modernity

Written by Charles Taylor

Series Title: CBC Massey Lectures

  • 128 Pages
  • 9780887845208
  • 8.630" x 5.130"
  • HISTORY / Civilization
  • PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
  • PHILOSOPHY / Free Will & Determinism


Publication Date November 01, 1991

In Malaise of Modernity, Charles Taylor focuses on the key modern concept of self-fulfillment, often attacked as the central support of what Christopher Lasch has called the culture of narcissism. To Taylor, self-fulfillment, although often expressed in self-centered ways, isn't necessarily a rejection of traditional values and social commitment; it also reflects something authentic and valuable in modern culture. Only by distinguishing what is good in this modern striving from what is socially and politically dangerous, Taylor says, can our age be made to deliver its promise.


Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor is emeritus professor of philosophy at McGill University. He is also the author of the much acclaimed books Sources of the Self and A Secular Age. He is the winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize.