Posted by: gcarkner | March 2, 2023

Foucault & Taylor on the Modern Quest for Identity

Two of the world’s most well-known philosophers, Michel Foucault (deceased, but much alive in his followers) & Charles Taylor, are brought into dialogue on the contemporary crisis of identity. Vancouver Meta-Educator Dr. Gordon E. Carkner lays out the different solutions they offer to build a robust and resilient identity in late modernity. He scribed his phD dissertation on this debate, and also wrote the book The Great Escape from Nihilism. There are some exciting angles to explore and some surprising consequences. What are the sources of self that make you stronger, more imaginative, inspired and engaged? Taylor, Professor Emeritus McGill University in Political Philosophy, is one of the deepest and most nuanced thinkers in our day, a public intellectual deeply concerned about the future of democracy. His 2007 book, A Secular Age, won the Templeton Prize. This discussion draws on his classic contribution on morality and identity Sources of the Self. His latest book is the 2016 volume The Language Animal. He has a positive international reputation.

You might also enjoy this discussion: Cultural Warning re: the Death of Civilization from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.


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