In a flattened world

Richard Rorty

  • The Ethics of Authenticity by Charles Taylor
    Harvard, 142 pp, £13.95, November 1992, ISBN 0 674 26863 6

If you dislike the ways of discussing moral choices prevalent among the chattering classes of northern California, you will probably agree with Christopher Lasch that theirs is a culture of narcissism. If you rather admire these people’s attitudes and way of life, you may describe it as a culture of tolerance. If you have mixed feelings, you might settle for the description Charles Taylor suggests: it is a culture of authenticity.

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