Taylor, Charles (1931–)

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List of works

  • Taylor, C. (1967) The Explanation of Behaviour, London: Routledge.

    (A critique of psychological behaviourism, emphasizing the limits of purely causal theories and the need for teleological accounts of the ends of action.)

  • Taylor, C. (1971) ‘Interpretation and the Sciences of Man’, The Review of Metaphysics 25 (1): 3–51.

    (A classic essay on the inevitability of interpretation to the human sciences, and the consequent impossibility of pure objectivist behaviourism.)

  • Taylor, C. (1975) Hegel, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A sustained inquiry into Hegel’s philosophy, establishing the unity of his thought, the embeddedness of his project in the problems of its historical epoch, the reasons for the ultimate failure of that project, and the insights it none the less offers for philosophy and social thought.)

  • Taylor, C. (1977) Hegel and Modern Society, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A consideration of Hegel’s contribution to grasping the distinct nature of modern society and its enduring problems.)

  • Taylor, C. (1985a) Philosphical Papers, vol. 1: Human Agency and Language, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (Taylor’s major early papers addressing themes of agency, language and the intersubjective constitution of the person.)

  • Taylor, C. (1985b) Philosophical Papers, vol. 2: Philosophy and the Human Sciences, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (Taylor’s major early papers on the social and behavioural sciences, including Taylor (1971).)

  • Taylor, C. (1989) Sources of the Self, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (Taylor’s investigation of the genesis of modern Western constructions of the self, emphasizing that agency is only constituted within frameworks of ‘strong evaluation’, and studying how these change with attempts to resolve moral and religious problems.)

  • Taylor, C. (1991) The Malaises of Modernity, Toronto, Ont.: Anansi; also publ. as The Ethics of Authenticity, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (A series of lectures examining the challenges posed to the modern era by tying the search for self-fulfilment to atomistic individualism, an overvaluation of instrumental reason, and alienation from public life, and arguing for the inadequacy of ‘soft relativism’ when faced with significant cultural and interpersonal differences.)

  • Taylor, C. (1995) Philosophical Arguments, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (A collection of Taylor’s major recent papers on themes ranging from moral obligation to public goods and the self to nationalism, including the widely debated ‘The Politics of Recognition’.)

References and further reading

  • Calhoun, C. (1991) ‘Morality, Identity and Historical Explanation: Charles Taylor on the Sources of the Self’, Sociological Theory 9 (2): 232–263.

    (An analysis of Taylor’s account of transitions in self and moral reasoning.)

  • Gutmann, A. (1994) Multiculturalism and the Politics of Recognition, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (A collection of responses to one of Taylor’s key arguments by Anthony Appiah, Jürgen Habermas, Michael Walzer and others).

  • Phillips, D. (1993) Looking Backward: A Critical Appraisal of Communitarian Thought, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (An unsympathetic but wide-ranging critique of Taylor and other communitarians in favour of a version of liberalism.)

  • Tully, J. (1994) Philosophy in an Age of Pluralism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A collection of papers, mainly concerning The Sources of the Self, with a reply by Taylor.)

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