From Library Journal
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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)