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Meaning and Authenticity: Bernard Lonergan and Charles Taylor on the Drama of Authentic Human Existence (Brian J Braman) Hardcover Book, (University of Toronto Press, 2008) 9780802098023
Meaning and Authenticity: Bernard Lonergan and Charles Taylor on the Drama of Authentic Human Existence (Brian J Braman) Hardcover Book, (University of Toronto Press, 2008) 9780802098023
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Title: Meaning and Authenticity: Bernard Lonergan and Charles Taylor on the Drama of Authentic Human Existence

Author: Braman, Brian J

Publisher: University of Toronto Press; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780802098023

Volumes: 1; Pages: 160

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The language of self-fulfillment, self-realization, and self-actualization (in short, "authenticity") has become common in contemporary culture. The desire to be "authentic" is implicitly a desire to shape one's self in accordance with an ideal, and the concern for what it means to be authentic is, in many ways, the modern form of the ancient question "what is the life of excellence?" However, this notion of authenticity has its critics, Christopher Lasch, for instance, who equates it with a form of narcissism and Theodor Adorno who views it as a glorification of privatism.Brian J. Braman argues that, despite criticisms, it is possible to speak about human authenticity as something that addresses contemporary concerns as well as the ancient preoccupation with the nature of the good life. He refers to the theories of Bernard Lonergan and Charles Taylor, thinkers who placed a high value on the search for human authenticity. Lonergan discusses authenticity in terms of a three-fold conversion with intellectual, moral, and religious implications while Taylor views it as a rich, vibrant, and important addition to conversations about what it means to be human.Meaning and Authenticity presents an engaging dialogue between two thinkers, both of whom maintain that there is a normative conception of authentic human life that overcomes moral relativism, narcissism, privatism, and the collapse of the public self.Table of ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Martin Heidegger: The One Thing Needful1. Dasein's Being-in-the-World2. The Structure of Care3. Rupture and Authenticity4. Historicity and Dasein2. Charles Taylor: Ethics and the Expressivist Turn1. Retrieval of a Notion2. The Structure of Identity3. Moral Ontology and the Good4. Hypergoods and Moral Reasoning5. Epiphany as a Moral Source3. Bernard Lonergan: On Being Oneself1. The Drama of Human Existence2. The Existential Gap and Conversion3. Authenticity as an Activity4. Intellectual Conversion5. Moral Conversion6. Religious Conversion4. Taylor and Lonergan: Dialogue and Dialectic1. Art2. Cognitional Theory3. Knowing from Above Downwards4. The Question of Foundation5. The Human Good6. Lonergan beyond TaylorConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex
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