In 2016, the Council welcomed our second Democracy Fellow, Professor Charles Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at McGill University.

Charles Taylor’s works, such as A Secular Age (2007), Sources of the Self (1989), and Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition (1994) have transformed conceptual categories in the humanities and social sciences. Throughout his career, Taylor has exemplified the crucial civic role played by scholars, from the 1960s when Taylor ran several times for the Canadian House of Commons, to his key counsel for constitutional negotiations in Canada and around the world.

Professor Taylor’s residency included two public events, “Ways Democracy Can Slip Away” and “Democratic Exclusion: A Think-In in Three Acts” (video available here). He also led a seminar, entitled “Some Crises of Democracy,” for local PhD candidates in the social sciences.