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Imaginarios sociales modernos

Charles Taylor


One of the most influential philosophers in the English-speaking world, Charles Taylor, has earned international acclaim for his contributions to political and moral theory, in particular to the debates on the formation of identity, multi-culturalism, secularism and modernity. In Modern Social Imaginaries, Taylor continues with his recent reflections on the issue of multiple modernities. To explain the differences between them, he puts forward the idea of social imaginary, in other words, of a broad understanding among a specific group on how they imagine their social life.

With the aim of plotting the development of a specific social imaginary, Taylor re-explains the history of western modernity. It is a social imaginary characterised by three key cultural forms, animated by the idea of a moral order based on the mutual benefit of equal participants: the economy, the public sphere and self-government. Accessible due both to its length and its style, Taylor's exposition on these cultural formations provides a clear and concise framework for an understanding of modern life in the West and of the different forms that modernity has adopted worldwide.


ethics, idealism, philosophy, social sciences

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Title: Imaginarios sociales modernos
Author: Charles Taylor
Publication: Barcelona: Paidós, 2006
ISBN: 84-493-1899-8


1. El orden moral moderno
2. ¿Qué es un "imaginario social"?
3. El espectro del idealismo
4. El gran desarraigo
5. La economía como realidad objetivada
6. La esfera pública
7. Público y privado
8. El pueblo soberano
9. Un orden omnicomprensivo
10. La sociedad del acceso directo
11. Agencia y objetivación
12. Formas de narración
13. El significado del secularismo
14. Provincializar Europa

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