In 1989, we were all very optimistic about the expansion of democracy; but now we have the opposite fear: is it contracting? I want to look at democracy in its long-established Western heartland; what is threatening it?
Charles Taylor is Professor em. of Philosophy at McGill University, Montreal, and a Permanent Fellow at the IWM, Vienna. Charles Taylor received several awards and honorary degrees. Among others 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.