- Human Agency and Language. Philosophical Papers: Vol I by Charles Taylor
Cambridge, 294 pp, £25.00, March 1985, ISBN 0 521 26752 8
- Philosophy and the Human Science. Philosophical Papers: Vol II by Charles Taylor
Cambridge, 340 pp, £25.00, March 1985, ISBN 0 521 26753 6
Charles Taylor is, by his own admission, a hedgehog. Though the essays in these two volumes range over a variety of topics – the concept of a person, meaning, the value of cognitive psychology, sexuality as a mode of political control – they all argue for one basic idea: that the conceptions of objectivity and scientific method which we have inherited from the 17th century are unable to give us an account of ourselves.