Expressive Individualism - Ethics of authenticity revisited
22 - 23 April 2015
University of Antwerp - Stadscampus - Room D.015 - Grote Kauwenberg 18 - 2000 Antwerp
9:20 AM - 4:00 PM
Organization / co-organization:
UCSIA and the Center Pieter Gillis
The Center for European Philosophy, UCSIA and the Center Pieter Gillis host a two-day congress at the University of Antwerp, 22-23 April 2015.
Charles Taylor is widely recognized as a leading philosopher in the fields of philosophy of culture, political philosophy and theory of secularization. Though Taylor is best known for his detailed and comprehensive studies, in 1991 he wrote a small book which succeeded in presenting a concise and insightful analysis of modern Western society: The Ethics of Authenticity, first published in Canada under the title The Malaise of Modernity. In that book, Taylor argues that although modern individualism tends to degenerate into relativism and loss of meaning, it also embodies a powerful moral ideal: the ideal of authenticity. The search for authenticity reveals the ‘expressive aspects’ of modern individualism, which according to Taylor require openness to horizons of significance and self-definition in dialogue, even if they frequently involve opposition against convention.
In The Ethics of Authenticity, Taylor analyzes cultural evolutions in the second half of the 20th century. Today, one may wonder whether his reflections still hold for the first decades of the 21st century. Are contemporary Western societies still prone to fall below the ideal of authenticity, merely reflecting the dark side of modern individualism and fostering a culture of narcissism? Or did they draw out something of its fuller potential, along the lines that Taylor suggested in the early 1990s? Is Taylor’s analysis of modern individualism still applicable to our current situation or have we explored new roads since then?
|Programme 22 April
|The program starts off with an evening lecture by professor Patrick Madigan entitled Expressive Individualism. The Cult of the Artist as Genius and Milton's Lucifer
|Programme 23 April
||Coffee and Croissant
||Welcome and Introduction
Herbert De Vriese (UAntwerp)
||Authenticity and Fundamentalism
Peter Losonczi (KU Leuven)
||Selfhood and Style: Merleau-Ponty's Ethics of Authenticity
Meirav Almog (Tel Aviv University)
||Mindfulness and Authenticity: Where Instrumental and Expressive Individualism Meet
Liza Cortois (KU Leuven)
||Personal Authenticity – Challenge for or Condition of Responsibility?
Keynote lecture by Katharina Bauer (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
||Charles Taylor's Ethics of Authenticity
Text seminar led by Guido Vanheeswijck (UAntwerpen) and Patrick Madigan (Heythrop College, University of London)
||Does Subjectivism Undermine the Meaningfulness of Life?
Keynote lecture by Iddo Landau (Haifa University)
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