Charles Taylor

(b. 1931)

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(1931– )

Canadian philosopher. Taylor was educated at McGill University and Oxford, where he gained his PhD in 1961, and where he has also taught. A wide-ranging philosopher, Taylor has written extensively on ethics, politics, and the social sciences. His most influential book is Sources of the Self (1989), a criticism of Enlightenment views of the self which stand in the way of our understanding our experience as moral agents. Like Macintyre, Taylor draws on Aristotelian and communitarian themes to rectify the deficiencies of modernism. Other works include Hegel (1975) and The Ethics of Authenticity (1991).

Subjects: Philosophy.

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