The Malaise of Modernity
Written by Charles Taylor
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 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.