Charles Taylor

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