Charles Taylor

A dog when it sees its reflection in a mirror will

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Unformatted text preview: sees its reflection in a mirror, will begin to bark at it as if its reflection were another entity. As humans grow up and begin to partake in relationships with others we gain a conception of self identity. Toddlers are not freaked out by seeing themselves in the mirror because they are already able to recognize themselves as a distinct entity and have formed this by their relationships with other people, typically their parents. Since we are able to dialogically form our identities, we are able to share our reasons and desires with each other and can collectively decide upon different things. Taylor is right that one of the most important decisions is answering what values are true grounds for recognition of equality. Taylor uses solid logical arguments, which are very hard to refute, to explain what things are not the grounds for the equal value of different way of being. If the grounds are not differences, choices, or just finding yourself, we must agree upon what they are. We collectively agree on a set of values that show the commonalities in our identities, the fact that we share ability for reason, love, memory, and dialogical recognition. We form our identities through dialogue, and it is in this ability for dialogue that we are able to find equality with others. We must recognize this in others because it helps us to decide what is truly significant in our lives....
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