Charles Taylor is a Canadian Philosopher from Quebec
best known for his contributions in political philosophy,
the philosophy of social science and the history of philosophy.
He appears in the film Being in the World.
Charles Margrave Taylor succeeded John Plamenatz as Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory in the University of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls College and was for many years Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he is now Professor Emeritus. Taylor is now Board of Trustees Professor of Law and Philosophy at Northwestern University in Evanston. Taylor also serves as Contributing Editor for the academic journal Public Culture, published by Duke University Press.
In 1991, Taylor was appointed to the Conseil de la Langue Française in the province of Quebec, at which point he critiqued Quebec’s notorious commercial sign laws. In 1995, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 2000, he was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec. He was awarded the 2007 Templeton Prize for progress towards research or discoveries about spiritual realities. In 2007 he and Gérard Bouchard were appointed to head a one-year Commission of Inquiry into the “reasonable accommodation” of his home province of Quebec, Canada. In June 2008 he was awarded the Kyoto Prize in the arts and philosophy category. The Kyoto Prize is sometimes referred to as the Japanese Nobel.