Charles Taylor, innovator

A philosopher for the modern age

Professor emeritus at McGill University, Dr. Charles Taylor shares the prestigious $1.5 million John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity with German sociologist and philosopher Jürgen Habermas. Awarded by the U.S. Library of Congress, the prize recognizes lifetime contributions.

Dubbing him “a philosopher for the modern age,” the Librarian of Congress noted that “Taylor is a philosopher of extraordinary eminence. He writes with a lucidity that makes his work accessible to the non-specialist reader, ensuring that his contributions to our understanding of agency, freedom, spirituality and the relation between the natural sciences and the humanities will be of lasting import.”

Dr. Taylor was educated at McGill University and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Although he has held affiliations at many major universities, his most enduring connection is with McGill. Dr. Taylor’s work also earned him the prestigious Kyoto Prize and the Templeton Prize. His writings have been translated into 20 languages. A public intellectual, Dr. Taylor ran in three federal elections and led the Bouchard-Taylor commission with sociologist Gerald Bouchard that explored the impact of religious accommodation on Quebec’s identity and values.

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* Charles M. Taylor is one of 24 Canadian winners of major international research awards in 2015 featured in the publication Canadian excellence, Global recognition: Celebrating recent Canadian winners of major international research awards.

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