Charles Taylor: Thinking and Living Deep Diversity

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Political Science - 259 pages
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Over the past four decades, Charles Taylor's work as an intellectual historian, epistemologist, and normative political theorist has made him a leading figure in contemporary social philosophy. In Charles Taylor: Thinking and Living Deep Diversity, Mark Redhead examines the problem of political fragmentation, the problem of how to accommodate narrowly defined groups while promoting allegiance to a larger polity, through an analysis of Taylor's thought and politics. Redhead argues that Taylor's work evinces a gallant, though unsucessful confrontation with fragmentation that dramatically illuminates the politcal, moral and epistemological tensions at play in a problem of political fragmentation. Charles Taylor is both a major contribution to contemporary debates about liberalism, group rights, and multiculturalism as well as a path breaking study of the politics, life, and thought of Charles Taylor.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Political Context for a Deeply Diverse Vision
21
The Politics of Deep Diversity
45
Atomism and Fragmentation
83
Deep Diversitys Discontents
119
SelfInterpreting Animals
143
Taylors Catholic Modernity
175
Thinking Beyond the Limits of Deep Diversity
211
Bibliography
233
Index
253
About the Author
261
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Mark Redhead is visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at Oregon State University.

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