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Melancholic FreedomAgency and the Spirit of Politics$
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David Kyuman Kim

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195319828

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319828.001.0001

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 Love of the Good among the Ruins

 Love of the Good among the Ruins

Charles Taylor and the Enchantment of Agency

(p.23) 2 Love of the Good among the Ruins
Melancholic Freedom

David Kyuman Kim (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter discusses the philosophical and historical account that Charles Taylor developed on agency, identity, and the good, in particular in his collected essays and in Sources of the Self. The chapter begins with a discussion of Taylor's theories of agency and language and the philosophical anthropology that he develops. Taylor's retrieval and critique of the ethos of Romantic expressivism and his turn to modernism as a resource for responding to this are examined.

Keywords:   Charles Taylor, agency, identity, the good, language, Romantic expressivism, modernism, Sources of the Self, melancholy

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