Charles Taylor’s Nietzschean predicament: A dilemma more self-revealing than foreboding

Philosophy and Social Criticism 27 (6):81-106 (2001)


In this article, I discuss Charles Taylor's reading of Nietzsche. Taylor argues that Nietzsche presents a challenge on the 'deepest level' because, on Taylor's reading, Nietzsche forces us to consider whether or not our 'continuing allegiance to standards of justice and benevolence' goes against our inner nature. I argue that this purported Nietzschean challenge is more self-revealing of Taylor than it is foreboding, as it brings to light the tension between the open and pluralistic content of Taylor's faith, and the epistemological grounding of it, which a more well-rounded appreciation of Nietzsche could help to alleviate. Key Words: Charles Taylor • genealogy • ontology • moral reasoning • Nietzsche • theism.

Download options


    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,856

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library


Added to PP

44 (#261,629)

6 months
1 (#386,040)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

Comments and Replies.Charles Taylor - 1991 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 34 (2):237 – 254.
Reply and Re-Articulation.Charles Taylor - 1994 - In Charles Taylor, James Tully & Daniel M. Weinstock (eds.), Philosophy in an Age of Pluralism: The Philosophy of Charles Taylor in Question. Cambridge University Press. pp. 213--257.
Reply to Commentators.Charles Taylor - 1994 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (1):203 - 213.
Critical Remarks on The Sources of the Self by Charles Taylor. [REVIEW]Alasdair Macintyre - 1994 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (1):187 - 190.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work

Does Charles Taylor Have a Nietzsche Problem?Michiel Meijer - 2017 - Constellations 24 (3):372-386.
Charles Taylor's `Imaginary' and `Best Account' in Latin America.Gustavo Morello - 2007 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (5):617-639.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles