Shame

Jonathan Lear

  • 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.

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