Narrative identity: Human as a ‘self-interpreting animal’. Charles Taylor’s concept of narrative identity

Klaudyna Bociek 1
1 - Olsztyńska Szkoła Wyższa im. Józefa Rusieckiego, Wydział Nauk Humanistyczno-Społecznych
2016; 17 (2):
ICID: 1224624
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
The article is devoted to the concept of narrative identity created by Charles Taylor, a contemporary
Canadian philosopher of politics and religion. This approach places particular
emphasis on the meaning of temporal perspective and ethical horizon in the process of
forming personal identity, and also stresses its dialogical nature. Subjectivity is therefore
inseparably connected here with a certain horizon of realized and affirmed good, whereas
the subject perceives his way of living as a continuous narration. The essence of a thesis
proposed by Taylor, who wishes to remind the postmodern individual of what constitutes
the fullness of his/her identity, is therefore a belief, that ‘human is a self-interpreting animal’
– a being, whose identity depends on the way in which he/she defines himself/herself. The human person can and should be involved in enriching identity transition, and activating
forgotten moral reserves.

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