Charles Taylor (philosopher)

Charles Margrave Taylor CC GOQ FRSC FBA (born November 5, 1931) is a Canadian philosopher from Montreal, Quebec, and professor emeritus at McGill University best known for his contributions to political philosophy, the philosophy of social science, the history of philosophy, and intellectual history. His work has earned him the Kyoto Prize, the Templeton Prize, the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy, and the John W. Kluge Prize.

Charles Taylor

Taylor in 2019
Charles Margrave Taylor

(1931-11-05) November 5, 1931 (age 89)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Notable work
  • Alba Romer Taylor
    (m. 1956; died 1990)
  • Aube Billard
    (m. 1995)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
ThesisExplanation in Social Science (1961)
Doctoral advisorSir Isaiah Berlin
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In 2007, Taylor served with Gérard Bouchard on the Bouchard–Taylor Commission on reasonable accommodation with regard to cultural differences in the province of Quebec. He has also made contributions to moral philosophy, epistemology, hermeneutics, aesthetics, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of action.[48][49]