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256 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9780748691944


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Taylor and Politics

A Critical Introduction

First Edition

Craig Browne and Andrew P. Lynch

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Thinking Politics

  • Explains why Charles Taylor makes a major contribution to understanding democratic culture and developing of a richer conception of human freedom
  • Assesses the political implications of Taylor's landmark work A Secular Age and explains why his arguments on secularity have generated intense debate
  • Sketches the innovations and tensions of Taylor's synthesis of ideas from diverse theoretical perspectives and movements, including romanticism, liberalism, phenomenology and critical theory
  • Reviews Taylor's critical diagnoses of why contemporary society leads to discontent, alienation and atomisation, and evaluates his arguments for altering these tendencies
  • Contextualises Taylor's political amongst new theories and leading figures, especially Habermas and Rawls
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