Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays

Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays

by Charles Taylor
     
 

There are, always, more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in one’s philosophy—and in these essays Charles Taylor turns to those things not fully imagined or avenues not wholly explored in his epochal A Secular Age. Here Taylor talks in detail about thinkers who are his allies and interlocutors, such as Iris Murdoch, Alasdair

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There are, always, more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in one’s philosophy—and in these essays Charles Taylor turns to those things not fully imagined or avenues not wholly explored in his epochal A Secular Age. Here Taylor talks in detail about thinkers who are his allies and interlocutors, such as Iris Murdoch, Alasdair MacIntyre, Robert Brandom, and Paul Celan. He offers major contributions to social theory, expanding on the issues of nationalism, democratic exclusionism, religious mobilizations, and modernity. And he delves even more deeply into themes taken up in A Secular Age: the continuity of religion from the past into the future; the nature of the secular; the folly of hoping to live by “reason alone”; the perils of moralism. He also speculates on how irrationality emerges from the heart of rationality itself, and why violence breaks out again and again.

In A Secular Age, Taylor more evidently foregrounded his Catholic faith, and there are several essays here that further explore that faith. Overall, this is a hopeful book, showing how, while acknowledging the force of religion and the persistence of violence and folly, we nonetheless have the power to move forward once we have given up the brittle pretensions of a narrow rationalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674055322
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/07/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Part I Allies and Interlocutors

1 Iris Murdoch and Moral Philosophy 3

2 Understanding the Other: A Gadamerian View on Conceptual Schemes 24

3 Language Not Mysterious? 39

4 Celan and the Recovery of Language 56

Part II Social Theory

5 Nationalism and Modernity 81

6 Conditions of an Unforced Consensus on Human Rights 105

7 Democratic Exclusion (and Its Remedies?) 124

8 Religious Mobilizations 146

Part III Themes from A Secular Age

9 A Catholic Modernity? 167

10 Notes on the Sources of Violence: Perennial and Modern 188

11 The Future of the Religious Past 214

12 Disenchantment-Reenchantment 287

13 What Does Secularism Mean? 303

14 Die Blosse Vernunft ("Reason Alone") 326

15 Perils of Moralism 347

16 What Was the Axial Revolution? 367

Notes 381

Credits 407

Index 409

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