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Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays

Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays

by Charles Taylor


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

About the Author

Charles Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University.

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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Akeel Bilgrami

Charles Taylor's worldwide influence and reputation owe to the depth and imagination of his work. They owe, too, to the fact that he is one of the few philosophers who has consistently made his ideas accessible to different philosophical traditions, as well as to scholars in other disciplines. His range of interests and reference is impressively wide and his writing is accessible and bracingly free of jargon. He is almost temperamentally incapable of writing on any subject without relating it to the most fundamental philosophical questions. He is generous when writing of others, drawing out what is most significant in their work, with never an unfair or unforgiving note. He has a keen and constantly curious cosmopolitan sensibility. Above all, his humanity is vast. Every one of these qualities—and more—are present in abundance in these essays.
Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University

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