Professor Charles Taylor On the Templeton Prize (2007) & Gifford Lectures (1998-99 and 2009)

British Academy, 2012 Click here for the video.  In the following interview for the Templeton Prize Laureate series, Professor Charles Taylor speaks about his work in Secular Age and its thesis that there isn’t just one modernity but multiple ones emerging from different cultures and different forms. Trying to understand why modernities can emerge so differently across the world, Professor Taylor argues that we need to turn to what has been called the “Axial Age” — an expression introduced by Karl Jaspers referring to the beginning of a period in which radical changes occurred across civilizations… Read More

Dr. Charles Taylor and Dr. Roger Scruton on the Sacred and the Secular

Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton, McGill University, 2014 Click here for the video.  In 2014, McGill University hosted a panel discussion with philosophers Charles Taylor and Roger Scruton on the sacred and the secular in modernity. The panel discussion took part within a broader conference titled Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton which had examined the ways the secular has been shaped by the sacred. The central question this particular panel was concerned however was whether a secular public sphere could continue to regulate and find within itself shared ethical sources without public religious… Read More

World Prizes in Philosophy: The Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy

Kyoto Prize Medal, Inamori Foundation, Kyoto, Japan Click here for the official webpage. In this fourth feature of our #Prizes in Philosophy series, we take a brief look at the eminent Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy — a USD 530 000 (EUR 413 000 or 50 million yen) prize granted to a living person who has made “outstanding contributions to the progress of science, the advancement of civilization, and the enrichment and elevation of the human spirit”. The prize is divided by four fields awarded in alternating cycles, that include (i) music, (ii) arts (painting,… Read More

World #Prizes in Philosophy Series: The Templeton Prize

Click here for the link to the official webpage. In this third feature of the #Prizes in Philosophy Series, we take a look at the Templeton Prize — a USD 1 000 000 (£1,100,000 Sterling) prize granted to a living person for exceptional contributions in “affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works”. The prize is open to any one living person whose works have indirectly or directly explored “the many and diverse manifestation of the Divine”. According to the direction of renowned founder and philanthropist Sir John Templeton,… Read More

Professor Anthony K. Appiah on “Self-Creation or Self-Discovery”

McGill University, Charles Taylor at 80: An International Conference At the Charles Taylor at 80: An International Conference, Professor Anthony Appiah read a brief philosophical paper titled “Self-Creation or Self’-Discovery”. He argued that Professor Charles Taylor’s work can be seen as a challenge to a Humean picture of agency by offering in contrast a constitutive(s) and embedded social formation(s) of agency itself. In his brief presentation Professor Appiah traces the centrality of Taylor’s notion of interpretation for locating the profound dialogue between self-creation as a form of self-discovery in the making of a meaningful life…. Read More