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The title of this book is somewhat of a misnomer, since only a few of the 13 essays collected here deal with philosophical arguments in the strict sense. The book is really a showcase for Taylor's wide-ranging interests, which include not only such mainstream philosophical concerns as the nature and validity of reason but topical issues, such as ecology, welfare, social justice, and cultural diversity, among others. In all of these, Taylor (philosophy, McGill Univ.) brings his fine philosophical sensibility to bear, adapting insights from Hegel, Herder, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and contemporary philosophers. However, since the majority of these essays have appeared, and are available, in other formats, this will not be an essential purchase for academic collections but only as budgets allow.?Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Mgt. Lib., Washington, D.C.
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Among the leading philosophers of our time, Charles Taylor stands out for the sheer breadth of his interests and influence...Illuminating and rewarding. (David Miller Times Literary Supplement)

The book is really a showcase for Taylor's wide-ranging interests, which include not only such mainstream philosophical concerns as the nature and validity of reason but topical issues such as ecology, welfare, social justice, and cultural diversity, among others. In all of these, Taylor brings his fine philosophical sensibility to bear, adapting insights from Hegel, Herder, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and contemporary philosophers. (Leon H. Brody Library Journal)

[This] book is structured by a tightly knit agenda, one in which the form and function of philosophical reasoning itself are at stake. This is not just a collection of philosophical arguments. It is a series of medications about the ability of reason to carry out tasks assigned to it since the beginnings of Western philosophy. (Nicholas H. Smith Philosophy and Social Criticism)

This is a splendid book, perhaps Charles Taylor's best so far, and that is high praise...[T]his is an instructively organized and coherent book. Three introductory essays advance theses about philosophical enquiry; then follow three that pursue enquiry thus defined into the nature of language and its place in human life; the next three draw on the findings of that enquiry in order to characterize key aspects of social activity and relationships; and the final four essays bring that characterization to bear upon issues of political philosophy. (Alasdair MacIntyre Philosophical Quarterly)

Taylor is a highly distinctive thinker...a figure of very broad intellectual (and indeed emotional and political) sympathies and interests. (John Dunn Times Higher Education Supplement)

A deeply engaging collection...[Taylor] combines a practical interest in current political topics...with a continuing quest for the deepest meanings of language, knowledge, and human beings. (Stan Persky Toronto Globe and Mail)
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (April 24, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674664779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674664777
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Margrave Taylor (born 1931) is a Canadian philosopher who taught at Oxford and McGill University; he is also a practicing Roman Catholic. He has written many other books, such as Sources of the Self,Human Agency and Language A Secular Age, Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays, Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition, The Ethics of Authenticity, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1995 book, ”This collection of essays may appear rather disparate. In some ways it is, since the principle of selection was partly temporal: most of what appears here was written in the last ten years. But there are nevertheless some basic themes that recur… These themes have been bothering me for decades… The oldest theme in this sense is the one I deal with head on in the very first essay, ‘Overcoming Epistemology.’ … Various other papers in the volume follow out of ramifications of this debate with epistemology… here we come to the point of overlap with a second theme that has concerned me over the years: the nature of language.
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