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This is the first comprehensive evaluation of Charles Taylor's work and a major contribution to the leading questions in philosophy and the human sciences as they face an increasingly pluralistic age. Charles Taylor is one of the most influential moral and political philosophers of our time, and these essays address topics in his thought ranging over the history of philosophy, truth, modernity and postmodernity, theism, interpretation, the human sciences, liberalism, pluralism and difference.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction Sir Isaiah Berlin; Part I: Foundations: 1. Internal and external in the work of Descartes Susan James; 2. Taylor on truth Richard Rorty; Part II. Interpreting Modernity: 3. Modernity and disenchantment: some historical reflections Quentin Skinner; 4. Religion, history and moral discourse Michael Morgan; 5. The risks and responsibilities of affirming ordinary life Jean Bethke Elshtain; Part III. Natural and Human Sciences: 6. The strange estrangement: Taylor and the natural sciences Clifford Geertz; 7. Is there an objective spirit? Vincent Descombes, translated by Daniel Weinstock; Part IV. Philosophy in Practice: 8. Literature: Romantic expression or strategic interaction? Mette Hjort; 9. The role of articulation in understanding practice and experience as sources of knowledge in clinical nursing Patricia Benner; Part V. Ethics, Politics and Pluralism: 10. Rights and pluralism Richard Tuck; 11. The political theory of strong evaluation Daniel M. Weinstock; 12. Philosophy and political judgement in a multinational federation Guy Laforest; Part VI. Reply and Re-Articulation: Charles Taylor replies; Bibliography of the works of Charles Taylor; Index.