Charles Taylor

Overview

Charles Taylor (b. 1931) is one of the most influential and prolific philosophers in the English-speaking world. His unusually broad interests range from artificial intelligence to theories of meaning, from German idealism to contemporary multiculturalism. Ruth Abbey, in the first systematic single-authored study of this extraordinary thinker, offers a stimulating overview of his contribution to some of philosophy's enduring debates.

The core chapters take up Taylor's approaches...

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Overview

Charles Taylor (b. 1931) is one of the most influential and prolific philosophers in the English-speaking world. His unusually broad interests range from artificial intelligence to theories of meaning, from German idealism to contemporary multiculturalism. Ruth Abbey, in the first systematic single-authored study of this extraordinary thinker, offers a stimulating overview of his contribution to some of philosophy's enduring debates.

The core chapters take up Taylor's approaches to moral theory, selfhood, political theory, and epistemology. Alone, these chapters constitute a solid introduction to Charles Taylor. However, the author also offers a great deal to those interested in pursuing the links across his positions, defining Taylor in terms of both his political engagement and his particular form of anti-foundationalism. In addition, she engages with some of the secondary literature to correct common misreadings of Taylor's writings. Abbey concludes by outlining Taylor's most recent reflections on what it means to live in a secular age and pointing to likely future directions of his work.

This book makes accessible one of the most read and discussed philosophers of our day. It will serve as an ideal companion to Taylor's own writings for students of philosophy and political theory. And it will be welcomed as well by the nonspecialist seeking an authoritative guide to Taylor's large, disparate body of work.

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Editorial Reviews

Radical Philosophy - Arto Laitinem
A clear, reliable and up-to-date introduction to Charles Taylor's philosophy.
The Review of Politics - Mark Redhead
Few books can match the timeliness of Charles Taylor.
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"A clear, reliable and up-to-date introduction to Charles Taylor's philosophy."—Arto Laitinem, Radical Philosophy

"This comprehensive study of Charles Taylor's philosophy is timely and useful; Taylor is one of the most significant living philosophers, and such an exposition is long overdue. . . . It will be a treasured friend to accompany explorations of Taylor's writings by readers across the many disciplines impacted by his thought."—Choice

"Few books can match the timeliness of Charles Taylor."—Mark Redhead, The Review of Politics

Radical Philosophy
A clear, reliable and up-to-date introduction to Charles Taylor's philosophy.
— Arto Laitinem
Choice
This comprehensive study of Charles Taylor's philosophy is timely and useful; Taylor is one of the most significant living philosophers, and such an exposition is long overdue. . . . It will be a treasured friend to accompany explorations of Taylor's writings by readers across the many disciplines impacted by his thought.
The Review of Politics
Few books can match the timeliness of Charles Taylor.
— Mark Redhead
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521805223
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2004
  • Series: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Timely Meditations in an Untimely Mode - The Thought of Charles Taylor 1
1 Taylor and the Hermeneutic Tradition 29
2 Taylor's (Anti-) Epistemology 52
3 The Self and the Good: Taylor's Moral Ontology 84
4 Articulating the Horizons of Liberalism: Taylor's Political Philosophy 105
5 Toleration, Proselytizing, and the Politics of Recognition: The Self Contested 127
6 Taylor and Feminism: From Recognition of Identity to a Politics of the Good 140
7 Catholicism and Philosophy: A Nontheistic Appreciation 166
8 Taylor, "History," and the History of Philosophy 187
Bibliography 215
Index 217
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