HomePhilosophia: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 38 no. 2 (2009)

Contextualizing Charles Taylor’s Communitarian Ethics in Philippine Culture

Mark Joseph T. Calano

Discipline: Philosophy, Culture, Ethics



Culture is a potent source of ethical theory. This is evident in the realization of one’s socially-embedded self. One’s communal self is always already in an ethical attempt to live a good life. The social beliefs and practices of communities carry with it their conceptions of the good, which in turn are made practical in one’s never-ending negotiation about one’s identity. The dialectics between the self and the community demands a more contextualized understanding of this struggle in an attempt to capture the good life in terms that are intelligible to us.