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Philosophical Papers Philosophy and the Human Sciences

ISBN-10: 0521317495
ISBN-13: 9780521317498
Edition: 1985
Authors: Charles Taylor
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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/28/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Charles Taylor has been one of the most original and influential figures in contemporary philosophy: his 'philosophical anthropology' spans an unusually wide range of theoretical interests and draws creatively on both Anglo-American and Continental traditions in philosophy. A selection of his published papers is presented here in two volumes, structured to indicate the direction and essential unity of the work. He starts from a polemical concern with behaviourism and other reductionist theories (particularly in psychology and the philosophy of language) which aim to model the study of man on the natural sciences. This leads to a general critique of naturalism, its historical development and its importance for modern culture and consciousness; and that in turn points, forward to a positive account of human agency and the self, the constitutive role of language and value, and the scope of practical reason. The volumes jointly present some two decades of work on these fundamental themes, and convey strongly the tenacity, verve and versatility of the author in grappling with them. They will interest a very wide range of philosophers and students of the human sciences.

Charles Taylor works creatively with material drawn from both analytical and Continental sources. He was born in Montreal, educated at McGill and Oxford universities, and has taught political science and philosophy at McGill since 1961. He describes himself as a social democrat, and he was a founder and editor of the New Left Review. Taylor's work is an example of renewed interest in the great traditional questions of philosophy. It is informed by a vast scope of literature, ranging from Plato to Jacques Derrida. More accessible to the average reader than most recent original work in philosophy, Taylor's oeuvre centers on questions on philosophical anthropology, that is, on how human nature relates to ethics and society. Taylor develops his themes with an engaging, historically accurate insight.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Philosophy and Social Science
Interpretation and the sciences of man
Neutrality in political science
Social theory as practice
Understanding and ethnocentricity
Rationality
Foucault on freedom and truth
Political Philosophy
Atomism
What's wrong with negative liberty
The diversity of goods
Legitimation crisis?
The nature and scope of distributive justice
Kant's theory of freedom
Index

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