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Concluding Reflections and Comments

Charles Taylor

in A Catholic Modernity?

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780195131611
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853489 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195131611.003.0007
Concluding Reflections and Comments

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This chapter presents Charles Taylor's response to the preceding commentaries about his lecture. In response to Luling–Haughton's criticism of his choice of the word transcendence, he explains that he wanted to “open out the range of possibilities.” In response to Elshtain's Trinitarian reflections, Taylor proceeds to explain that much of modern philosophy, and certainly Kant, has unfortunately turned “monological”; that is, it takes “very little account of the fact that human beings are plural, and even less of their difference.” In response to Shea and Marsden, Taylor admits that in today's academy the Christian student and professor must breathe in an “atmosphere of unbelief,” a fact about which there is neither sufficient reflection nor surprise. Taylor concludes his conversation with his respondents by asking why anger, even righteous anger, is so dangerous for the Christian scholar.

Keywords: Christian scholar; Catholicism; Charles Taylor; transcendence; Trinitarian; anger

Chapter.  8316 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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