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SSRC Salutes Charles Taylor

2007 Templeton Prize Winner

Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor is the winner of this year's Templeton Prize. To mark this occasion, and also in anticipation of Taylor's forthcoming work, A Secular Age (due out in September from Harvard University Press), the SSRC has convened a virtual roundtable of leading social scientists who have known Taylor personally as well as professionally. Three of them are also serving with Taylor on the SSRC's newly created working group on religion, secularism, and international affairs. We asked each participant to describe Taylor's qualities both as an intellectual and as a human being and to discuss the ways in which his works have influenced their thinking.

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Courtney Bender
I greatly admire Taylor’s uses of poetry, particularly in the closing chapters of Sources of the Self and A Secular Age...
Rajeev Bhargava
Taylor’s range of concerns takes one’s breath away. He has written illuminatingly about moral theory, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, aesthetics and political theory...
Craig Calhoun
Taylor’s work is actively read and discussed throughout the world, by social scientists and humanists of different disciplines, and by educated intellectuals more broadly...
William E. Connolly
Taylor is a model of what a public intellectual should be...
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
Taylor is a mentor and a role model for me because he is a successful academic and a remarkably kind person, a great listener...
Saba Mahmood
Very few intellectuals of Charles’ caliber have the capacity to think about a problem collectively with others, to teach as much as to learn from this process...
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Daniel Philpott
Taylor’s essays should be mandatory reading for every graduate student in the social sciences...
Talal Asad
The features of Taylor’s work that have impressed me over time are the ease with which he carries his enormous learning and his unusual intellectual generosity...
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Published on: Friday, June 08, 2007