[SydPhil] NEW TIME: Charles Taylor on the Language Animal

Nikolas Kompridis Nikolas.Kompridis at acu.edu.au
Thu Apr 21 11:06:32 AEST 2016

NEW TIME: 4:30 - 6:30

The Institute for Social Justice Charles Taylor Lectures

"The Language Animal"


When: Friday 22 April 2016, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm followed by casual reception
Where: Ryan Auditorium, ACU North Sydney Campus, 40 Edward Street, North Sydney
RSVP: Please RSVP on our website: http://isj.acu.edu.au/

In "the Language Animal", Professor Taylor will be giving an account of his new book  published in March 2016 by Harvard University Press. He shows that the accounts of the nature of language that have dominated analytic philosophy in recent decades are much too narrow, focusing on the function language plays in encoding information, at the expense of the constitutive powers of language. In this lecture, Prof Taylor will refocus attention on the creative, meaning-making, and meaning-articulating powers of language.

Charles Taylor  is one of the most important thinkers of the last half-century and is the recipient of the Templeton Prize, the Kyoto Prize, and the John W. Kluge Prize (the Nobel Prize for scholars in the humanitites and the social sciences). A philosopher and public intellectual of enormous range and depth, Taylor has achieved a very large and diverse readership through the huge impact of such books as Sources of the Self (1989), Multiculturalism and the Politics of Recognititon (1994), and his magnum opus, A Secular Age (2007), hailed by the New York Times as "a work of stupendous breath and erudition."

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