Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor

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Unformatted text preview: entities are truly dependent on others and the dialogue we share with others. The importance of recognition is deepened by the ideal of authenticity because it calls for us to form our identities in dialogue with others. At first it is confusing that the ideal of authenticity, being true to oneself and forming ones own identity, cannot fully be achieved if one does not partake in social relations with others. In past societies, ones identify was determined by their place in the hierarchy of society. Whatever social role came along with the class or occupation that ones father had is how one typically defined oneself, and recognition came along with what category society thought you belonged into. With the modern idea of authenticity, one must discover my own original way of being (47). This process of the discovery of ones original way of being, ones identity, is accomplished through dialogical relationships with others. This identity, however, does not have a predetermined recognition. There is now a need for recognition that is now universally acknowledged in one form or another; on an intimate plane, we are all aware how identity can be formed or malformed in our contact with significant others (49). Authenticity has laid a path where recognition is very important in our culture. In authenticity, dialogical relationships with others are how one discovers ones identity, and equal recognition is needed for all who share a capability for reason and a dialogue with others. Without this recognition we are not able to properly form our identities, and if equal recognition is denied to someone due to differences in their identity, it is considered a type of oppression. Earlier in the previous century, when African Americans and women were denied an equal recognition of being fully human and having the same rights and the same amount of respect that white men deserved, they were being denied their equality. Their identi...
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course PHIL 050 taught by Professor Pinker during the Spring '08 term at Georgetown.

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