Charles Taylor
Chancellor Jackman Distinguished Visitor in the Arts

Religion and Violence

Friday, November 19, 2004 Ė 3 pm
Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility
Munk Centre for International Studies
1 Devonshire Place

Religion and Violence explores the complex relationship among modernity, religion, and categorical violence - namely, violence directed against people on the basis of their belonging to a certain category or group. Professor Charles Taylor will discuss the rising tide of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and terrorism, and ask what connection this phenomenon has to modernity.

One of the most influential philosophers of our time, Professor Taylor focuses on such topics as the history of philosophy, truth, theism, interpretation, the human sciences, liberalism, multiculturalism, and Canadian constitutionalism. A true public intellectual,Taylor is a well-known commentator on Canadian culture and politics, and is the author of over 15 books translated into 20 languages, including Hegel, Sources of the Self, Reconciling the Solitudes, and, most recently, Modern Social Imaginaries.Winner of the Hegel Prize in 1997, Charles Taylor is Professor Emeritus at McGill University.


Organized by the Department of Political Science in co-sponsorship with the Department of Philosophy and the Department and Centre for the Study of Religion. Additional support from the Joint Initiative in German & European Studies (JIGES) and Massey College. For more information call: 416-978-6734


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Related links:
NEW (7 August 2006)
A recent broadcast of this talk on TVO's Big Ideas means this has been made available as a podcast through the Big Ideas website:
Taylor's talk | Goodreads Mirror (14.4 MB, 49.58min)

Charles Taylor speaking on this lecture on CBC Radio 1's, The Sunday Edition, with host Michael Enright, Sunday November 28 2004: Real Audio File 48.53 minutes

Charles Taylor by Ruth Abbey
The Malaise Of Modernity
(The 1991 Massey Lectures)
Sources Of The Self

Other lecture notes:
An End to Mediational Epistemology

Lecture Notes
Charles Taylor on Religion and Violence

Personal comments are delimitated with // in the notes - Timothy