“The World was Turned Upside Down”: Feasts of Fools, Lords of Misrule

On Art and Aesthetics

A Secular Age by Charles Taylor (2007, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)

I am a great fan of the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor (born 1931). Having studied at Oxford under the supervision of Isaiah Berlin and G. E. M. Anscombe, he is now professor emeritus at McGill University in Montréal. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards: the Kyoto Prize, the Templeton Prize, the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and the John W. Kluge Prize.

I read Taylor’s almost 900-page long A Secular Age (2007) back in the summer of 2014. The volume grew out of the scholar’s Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Edinburgh in 1998-1999. Academic books are generally pretty boring but this one was terrific, un-put-down-able – specially because of Taylor’s very friendly, cool and conversational tone. I would highly recommend it to anybody who is seriously interested in the past five hundred years…

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