Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays

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Harvard University Press, 2011 - Philosophy - 414 pages

There are, always, more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in one‚e(tm)s philosophy‚e"and in these essays Charles Taylor turns to those things not fully imagined or avenues not wholly explored in his epochal A Secular Age. Here Taylor talks in detail about thinkers who are his allies and interlocutors, such as Iris Murdoch, Alasdair MacIntyre, Robert Brandom, and Paul Celan. He offers major contributions to social theory, expanding on the issues of nationalism, democratic exclusionism, religious mobilizations, and modernity. And he delves even more deeply into themes taken up in A Secular Age: the continuity of religion from the past into the future; the nature of the secular; the folly of hoping to live by ‚eoereason alone‚e ; the perils of moralism. He also speculates on how irrationality emerges from the heart of rationality itself, and why violence breaks out again and again.

In A Secular Age, Taylor more evidently foregrounded his Catholic faith, and there are several essays here that further explore that faith. Overall, this is a hopeful book, showing how, while acknowledging the force of religion and the persistence of violence and folly, we nonetheless have the power to move forward once we have given up the brittle pretensions of a narrow rationalism.

 

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Contents

Iris Murdoch and Moral Philosophy
3
A Gadamerian View on Conceptual Schemes
24
Language Not Mysterious?
51
Celan and the Recovery of Language
56
24
75
39
242
56
247
81
262
THEMES FROM A Secular Age 9 A Catholic Modernity? Notes on the Sources of Violence
390
The Future of the Religious Past
392
DisenchantmentReenchantment
398
What Does Secularism Mean?
399
Die Blosse Vernunft Reason Alone
401
Perils of Moralism
402
What Was the Axial Revolution?
403
287
411

Social THEORY 5 Nationalism and Modernity
384
Conditions of an Unforced Consensus on Human Rights 7
386
Democratic Exclusion and Its Remedies?
388
Religious Mobilizations
389

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Charles Taylor is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.

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