•  12
    Freedom – A silent but significant thread across Taylor’s oeuvre
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 44 (7): 790-792. 2018.
    One important and consistent thread of Charles Taylor’s thought that has not yet received the attention it deserves is his philosophy of freedom. Taylor’s 1979 defense of positive liberty in response to Isaiah Berlin’s “Two Conceptions of Liberty” is, of course, well known. But there is a way of seeing reflection on freedom as a thread that runs, sometimes silently but always significantly, through his whole body of work. Taylor can be seen as asking what freedom means, how many varieties it has…Read more
  •  17
    Continuing Questions about Friendship as a Central Moral Value
    Dialogue and Universalism 28 (2): 65-80. 2018.
    This article engages Friendship: A Central Moral Value by Michael H. Mitias. It questions Mitias’ distinction between friendship as a moral and theoretical concern as opposed to a practical one. It distinguishes the narrow from the wide meanings of philia in Aristotle’s approach. It looks at the resonances of classical approaches in later theories of friendship, while also attending to the innovations of later thinkers. It suggests that the moral paradigms Mitias delineates might not be as hegem…Read more
  • Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography by Julian Young (review)
    Interpretation 38 (2): 171-176. 2011.
  •  11
    The Chief Inducement? The Idea of Marriage as Friendship
    with D. J. D. Uyl
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1): 37-52. 2001.
  •  86
    Circles, Ladders and Stars: Nietzsche on friendship
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2 (4): 50-73. 1999.
    One of the major purposes of this article is to show that friendship was one of Nietzsche's central concerns and that he shared Aristotle's belief that it takes higher and lower forms. Yet Nietzsche's interest in friendship is overlooked in much of the secondary literature. An important reason for this is that this interest is most evident in the works of his middle period, and these tend to be neglected in commentaries on Nietzsche. In the works of the middle period, Nietzsche suggests that the…Read more
  •  43
    Swanton and Nietzsche on Self-Love
    Journal of Value Inquiry 49 (3): 387-403. 2015.
    Most of Christine Swanton’s quotations from and references to Nietzsche are drawn The Genealogy of Morals, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and Beyond Good and Evil. I suggest that Human, All too Human and Daybreak, two of Nietzsche’s most neglected works, provide rich resources for Swanton’s interpretation of Nietzsche’s view of self-love and its defining role in genuinely ethical action. Self-love assumes a central place in these writings, as do its cognate concepts of egoism and vanity. I outline some…Read more
  •  25
    No country for older people? Age and the digital divide
    with Sarah Hyde
    Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 7 (4): 225-242. 2009.
  •  22
    Entry for Charles Taylor
    In John R. Shook & Richard T. Hull (eds.), The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, Thoemmes Continuum. pp. 1. 2005.
  •  1
    Comparativists and cosmopolitans on cross cultural conversations
    Revista de Filosofía (México) 40 (121): 45-64. 2008.
    First published in 1990, Charles Taylor’s essay ‘Comparison, History Truth’ is an extended reflection on some of the problems involved in interpreting other cultures and eras. This essay’s explicit focus is the work of historians and anthropologists. Taylor mentions students of religion in the same breath, but I infer that by this he means students of comparative religions or the history of religions. I suggest that for all its emphasis on conversation, Taylor’s depiction of the comparativist…Read more
  • This chapter briefly reviews the link between Charles Taylor's life and work. It then discusses his position on the role of science in understanding human behavior. It concludes by considering the relationship between theory and practice in Taylor's thought.
  •  48
    The Articulated Life: An Interview with Charles Taylor
    Philosophy of Management 1 (3): 3-9. 2001.
    Charles Taylor is one of the most prolific and wide-ranging philosophers in the English-speaking world today. He writes with authority in the fields of moral theory, political philosophy, theories of language, the history of western thought, epistemology and hermeneutics. Currently an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, he has enjoyed a distinguished academic career which includes being Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University. He has also been ac…Read more
  •  85
    Pluralism in practice: the political thought of Charles Taylor
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 5 (3): 98-123. 2002.
    This review article outlines some of the major contributions made to political theory by Charles Taylor. It focuses on his relationship to liberalism, his contribution to the understanding of democracy and his analysis of the politics of recognition. Several lines of critique of Taylor's thought on these issues are also explored. Some reflections on Taylor's style of theorising about politics are offered, and the question of whether he is a conservative or critical theorist is examined
  •  137
    Back toward a Comprehensive Liberalism?
    Political Theory 35 (1): 5-28. 2007.
    This article examines the attempts by John Rawls in the works published after Political Liberalism to engage with some of the feminist responses to his work. Rawls goes a long way toward addressing some of the major feministliberal concerns. Yet this has the unintended consequence of pushing justice as fairness in the direction of a more comprehensive, rather than a strictly political, form of liberalism. This does not seem to be a problem peculiar to Rawls: rather, any form of liberalism hospit…Read more
  •  56
    Turning or Spinning? Charles Taylor's Catholicism: A Reply to Ian Fraser
    Contemporary Political Theory 5 (2): 163-175. 2006.
    Charles Taylor's work has recently taken a religious turn, with Taylor becoming more explicit about his own religious faith and its influence on his thinking. Ian Fraser offers a systematic, critical exploration of the nature of Taylor's Catholicism as it appears in his writings. This reply to Fraser endorses his belief in the importance of looking carefully at Taylor's religious views. However, it raises doubts about some of Fraser's particular arguments and conclusions, and aims to foster a cl…Read more
  •  79
    Nietzsche’s Middle Period
    Oxford University Press. 2000.
    Ruth Abbey presents a close study of Nietzsche's works, Human, All Too Human, Daybreak, and The Gay Science. Although these middle period works tend to be neglected in commentaries on Nietzsche, they repay careful attention. Abbey's commentary brings to light important differences across Nietzsche's oeuvre that have gone unnoticed, filling a serious gap in the literature.
  •  3
    Feminist Interpretations of John Rawls (edited book)
    Pennsylvania State University Press. 2013.
    In _Feminist Interpretations of John Rawls_, Ruth Abbey collects eight essays responding to the work of John Rawls from a feminist perspective. An impressive introduction by the editor provides a chronological overview of English-language feminist engagements with Rawls from his Theory of Justice onwards. She surveys the range of issues canvassed by feminist readers of Rawls, as well as critics’ wide disagreement about the value of Rawls’s corpus for feminist purposes. The eight essays that foll…Read more
  •  46
    Closer kinships: Rortyan resources for animal rights
    Contemporary Political Theory 16 (1): 1-18. 2017.
    This article considers the extent to which the debate about animal rights can be enriched by Richard Rorty’s theory of rights. Although Rorty’s work has enjoyed a lot of scholarly attention, commentators have not considered the implications of his arguments for animals. Nor have theorists of animal rights engaged his approach to rights. This paper argues that Rorty’s thinking holds a number of attractions for proponents of animal rights. It also considers some of its drawbacks. It is further arg…Read more
  •  229
    Young Karl Does Headstands: A Reply to Daniel Brudney
    Philosophy Today 30 (1): 150-155. 2002.