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Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays Hardcover – January 10, 2011
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Charles Taylor's worldwide influence and reputation owe to the depth and imagination of his work. They owe, too, to the fact that he is one of the few philosophers who has consistently made his ideas accessible to different philosophical traditions, as well as to scholars in other disciplines. His range of interests and reference is impressively wide and his writing is accessible and bracingly free of jargon. He is almost temperamentally incapable of writing on any subject without relating it to the most fundamental philosophical questions. He is generous when writing of others, drawing out what is most significant in their work, with never an unfair or unforgiving note. He has a keen and constantly curious cosmopolitan sensibility. Above all, his humanity is vast. Every one of these qualities―and more―are present in abundance in these essays. (Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University)
Charles Taylor is one of the finest thinkers we have. And by "we" I mean every striving, puzzled, intellectually alert person on the planet. Even when you dissent from his conclusions you'd be a dullard if you chose to ignore Taylor's verve or the fabulous intellectual tussles his writings provoke. Mostly, you'll find yourself agreeing with him and I can think of no better introduction to either pursuit (the cheering or the respectful booing) than this splendid book...The wisdom and learning on display is staggering. (Jonathan Wright Catholic Herald 2011-07-29)
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Charles Taylor is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.
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This remarkable collection contains much to ponder. There are first rate essays on Iris Murdoch, Gadamer(in honor of that worthy's hunderedth birthday!),Robert Brandom, and Paul Celan. All of these essays contain much for philosophers of morality and language to learn from.There are also aselection of texts on social and political philosophy, including learned essays on eastern religions and their relation to human rights and on "religious mobilizations". The collection ends with an extended selection of essays inspired by or folloiwing up the themes of Taylor's magnum opus, A Secular Age. Thse essays show a knowledge of-ad understanding of the history of religion that any so-called 'new atheist " can only envy. The essays on violence and on 'the perils of moralism" will prove especially rewarding for any ethicist not enslaved by utilitarian assumptions.
Then why do I call this collection "frustrating". For one thing, Taylor has written much more than this, including essays that deserved to be included. I am thinking in particular of his essay on Macintyre, "Justice After Virtue", his essay on Bernard Williams, "A Most Peculiar Instittuion", and his long essay on the "immanent counter-enlightenment". Yet another problem with the collecion is that Taylor continues to be reluctant to offer extended reflections on the philosophy of religion as such. He seems content with "indirect communications" in Kierkegaard's sense. I have it on good authority that Taylor has delivered a remarkable lecture on Dostoevsky; one wishes it would see the light of day.
In short, Taylor still has a lot to write about in the time remaining to him. One fervently hopes that it a long time, indeed.