The Taylor Effect: Responding to a Secular Age
Editor: Ian Leask with Eoin Cassidy, Alan Kearns, Fainche Ryan and Mary Shanahan
Date Of Publication: Aug 2010
The Taylor Effect presents an original and diverse collection of essays addressing Charles Taylor’s magisterial A Secular Age. Ranging from close and critical readings of Taylor’s formulations and suppositions; to comparative studies of Taylor and various ‘interlocutors’; to applied approaches utilizing Taylor’s concepts; to explorations launched from a Taylorian foundation; the 13 chapters comprise a multifaceted exploration of Taylor’s multifaceted achievement.
Given the vast, synoptic sweep of Taylor’s magnum opus, the contributors represent a suitably diverse range of interests, backgrounds and expertise—members of departments of philosophy, literature, philosophical theology, systematic theology, moral theology, education, and political science, whose interests stretch from Plato to Girard, phronesis to pedagogy, Deism to dogmatics, medical ethics to aesthetics... Accordingly, The Taylor Effect is not only one of the first major responses to A Secular Age: the astonishing breadth as well as the quality of contributions will ensure that it remains a central reference point in any future discussion of Taylor’s work.
Ian Leask is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University. He is the author of Questions of Platonism, and the editor of Givenness and God: Questions of Jean-Luc Marion.
“Charles Taylor is one of the most inspiring philosophers of our time, addressing urgent questions of politics, ethics, language, culture and religion. In this volume some of his keenest readers engage in timely debate with the master and bring the discussion to new levels of intellectual excitement and insight.”
—Prof. Richard Kearney, Boston College and University College Dublin
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