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Taylor and Politics

A Critical Introduction

Craig Browne, Andrew Lynch

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Introduces you to the promises and problems of Charles Taylor’s thought in major contemporary debates

Charles Taylor is one of the most influential contemporary philosophers, arguably the most important living political philosopher writing in English. Taylor and Politics assesses Taylor’s thought and its relevance to contemporary political challenges, especially religion and secularity, multicultural diversity, political alienation and demands for greater democracy. Craig Browne and Andrew Lynch outline Taylor's key concepts and highlight the substantive applications of his ideas. They explain the substantial differences between Taylor’s conception of social imaginaries and that of Cornelius Castoriadis, and contrast Taylor’s account of the political form of modernity with that of Claude Lefort.


1. Charles Taylor: A Thinker for Our Times
2. Meaning, Identity, and Freedom
3. Romanticism and Modernity
4. Democracy and Recognition
5. Modern Social Imaginaries
6. Living in a Secular Age
7. A Secular Age: Controversies and Critiques
Taylor’s Work after A Secular Age

About the Author

Craig Browne is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney

Andrew P. Lynch is Researcher at the University of Sydney. He holds an M.A. (Hons) from the University of Auckland, and a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney.


This extremely readable overview of Charles Taylor’s views on politics and society is both concise and wide-ranging … With extensive references to Taylor’s inspirations, contemporaries, and other critical commentators, this book will be useful for scholars familiar with Taylor’s work and as an introduction for novices seeking a path into Taylor’s non-systematic yet interconnected writings. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.
- S. E. Forschler, independent scholar, Choice

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