Charles Taylor

The opinion cannot provide grounds for itself without

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Unformatted text preview: nion cannot provide grounds for itself without falling back to another opinion. The argument self destructs since its only grounding is essentially a feeling of significance which is able to be criticized. The differences end up being of no significant consequence. Clearly, the mere differences cannot provide grounds for the equality of value of different ways of being because the mere differences cannot be proven to be significant The classifications that people find themselves in are also not able to be a ground for the equal value of different ways of being. This is because the sex, race, or culture that one is born into are differences that one has from others. Modern thinking says that one should be able to use these differences to create an identity, and everyone has an equal right to have their own identity. No matter what group one falls into, one deserves an equal recognition which now operates with something like its own notion of authenticity, at least in so far as the denunciation of other-induced distortions are concerned (50). Taylor says that these differences are not what cause different ways of being to be equal, but rather it is their similarities that are the ground of equal value. Taylor says one finds the ground of the equal value of different ways of being not in our differences, but in a number of valuable properties that people share on common. He says that the ground of the equality of value is that we are beings capable of reason, or love, or memory, or dialogical recognition (51). These are greater than the differences between people and truly help us to form our identities. Taylor says that our identities are not formed in a bubble, but that our identities need recognition by others. On page 33 he writes, "we become full human agents, capable of understanding ourselves, and hence of defining an identity, through our acquisition of rich human languages of expression. Our id...
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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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