Charles Taylor

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Charles Taylor (1931, Montreal) is Professor em. of Philosophy at McGill University, Montreal, and a Permanent Fellow at the IWM, Vienna. He studied History at McGill University and continued his studies at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Isaiah Berlin and G. E. M. Anscombe, where he received his PhD in 1961.

He succeeded John Plamenatz as Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford and became a Fellow of All Souls College. For many years he was Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he is now Professor Emeritus. Beyond that, he was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Oxford, Princeton, Berkeley, Frankfurt a. M., and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Amongst other awards and honorary degrees, he received the 2007 Templeton Prize and the 2008 Kyoto Prize, one of the world’s leading awards for lifetime achievements in the social sciences and humanities. In 2015, Charles Taylor has been awarded the prestigious $1.5 million John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity granted by the Library of Congress.

Fields of Research:

  • Religion and Secularism
  • Philosophy of Action
  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Political Theory
  • Greek Political Thought
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Culture of Western Modernity
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Theories of Meaning
  • Language and Politics
  • German Idealism

Selected Publications:

“Für einen neuen Säkularismus”, in: Transit – Europäische Revue, 39/2010.

A Secular Age, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.
Ein säkulares Zeitalter, Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 2009.

Varieties of Religion Today (IWM Lectures in Human Sciences), Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002.
Die Formen des Religiösen in der Gegenwart (IWM Vorlesungen zu den Wissenschaften vom Menschen), Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 2002.
Oblicza religii dzisiaj, Cracow: Znak, 2002.

Multiculturalism and the Politics of Recognition, Princeton University Press, 1992.
Multikulturalismus und die Politik der Anerkennung, Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer Verlag, 1997.

Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity, Harvard University Press, 1989.
Quellen des Selbst. Die Entstehung der neuzeitlichen Identität, Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 1994.

Hegel, Cambridge University Press, 1975.
Hegel, Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 2006 (5. Aufl.).

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Former affiliations at the IWM:
Vice-Chairman of the IWM Advisory Board
2001, Visiting Fellow
2000, Visiting Fellow
1995, Visiting Fellow
1994, Visiting Fellow

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The Language Animal: The Full Shape of the Human Linguistic Capacity

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In seminal works ranging from Sources of the Self to A Secular Age, IWM Permanent Fellow Charles Taylor has shown how we create possible ways of being, both as individuals and as a society. In his new book setting forth decades of thought, he demonstrates that language is at the center of this generative process. …
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IWM Permanent Fellow Charles Taylor awarded $1.5M Kluge Prize

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Charles Taylor and Jürgen Habermas, two of the world’s most important philosophers, will share the prestigious $1.5 million John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity awarded by the Library of Congress. “Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor are brilliant philosophers and deeply engaged public intellectuals,” Billington said. “Emerging from different philosophical traditions, …
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Boundaries of Toleration

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Religion, Culture, and Public Life, edited by Alfred Stepan and Charles Taylor How can people of diverse religious, ethnic, and linguistic allegiances and identities live together without committing violence, inflicting suffering, or oppressing each other? In this volume, contributors explore the limits of toleration and suggest we think beyond them to mutual respect. Salman Rushdie …
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Laizität und Gewissensfreiheit

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Aus dem Französischen von Eva Buddeberg und Robin Celikates Der Kopftuchstreit in Deutschland und Frankreich, der Mord an Theo van Gogh in den Niederlanden, der Karikaturenstreit in Dänemark: die politische Dimension religiöser Haltungen ist in den letzten Jahren allgegenwärtig. Der Philosoph Charles Taylor gilt als einer der besten Kenner der modernen Religionsgeschichte und als Experte …
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Ein säkulares Zeitalter

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Was heißt es, daß wir heute in einem säkularen Zeitalter leben? Was ist geschehen zwischen 1500 – als Gott noch seinen festen Platz im naturwissenschaftlichen Kosmos, im gesellschaftlichen Gefüge und im Alltag der Menschen hatte – und heute, da der Glaube an Gott, jedenfalls in der westlichen Welt, nur noch eine Option unter vielen ist? …
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Religion Today

What is the place of religion in today’s society? People vigorously debate the question, whether religion is “retreating”. or “returning”. But two impressions seeem to have gained wide currency: (1) that our North Atlantic world is and will continue to be more secular and neutral in its public life, that is, that the public sphere …
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Wieviel Gemeinschaft braucht die Demokratie?[1]

I  Im Folgenden möchte ich über die Voraussetzungen der Demokratie am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts nachdenken. Gleichzeitig möchte ich im Zuge dieser Überlegungen danach fragen, was wir heute unter dem Begriff “Demokratie” verstehen. Zuvor aber einige Bemerkungen über die zentrale Bedeutung der Demokratie für unsere Zeit. Die Demokratie ist zu einer Norm geworden, der sich …
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    Focus II: Religion and Secularism

    This focus explores the ways in which globalization impacts the relationship between religion and secularism, thus intertwining the perspectives of different cultures, religions and theoretical backgrounds.
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