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Eminent Philosopher Charles Taylor to Visit Baylor, Give Lecture

Nov. 14, 2012

Charles Taylor

Eminent philosopher Charles Taylor will be featured during two public events at Baylor University on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Taylor, professor emeritus of philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, is coming to Baylor at the invitation of Baylor's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Taylor has made notable contributions to the fields of political philosophy, the philosophy of social science, and the history of philosophy. He is the recipient of the numerous awards and honors, including the 2007 Templeton Prize and the 2008 Kyoto Prize. Taylor has produced numerous articles and books, including most recently A Secular Age (2007), Dilemmas and Connections (2011), and the forthcoming Retrieving Realism with Hubert Dreyfus. Taylor enjoys widespread esteem among fellow philosophers and remains one of the most important public intellectuals.

Taylor's first public event on November 27 will be "An Afternoon Conversation with Charles Taylor and James Hunter." Sharing the stage at this even will be James Davison Hunter, the Labrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory in the Departments of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He is currently the Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Baylor's Department of Sociology. Professor Hunter's most recent book is To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World (2010). Taylor and Hunter will host an open and impromptu discussion on politics, faith, and the future at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Drawing Room. The audience will be invited to pose questions on these subjects. The event is being sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Honors College, the Departments of Sociology, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion, and the Institute for Faith and Learning.

For more information about the afternoon talk with Taylor and Hunter, contact the Honors College at 254-710-1523.

Also on November 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room of the Armstrong Browning Library, Professor Taylor will deliver the 2012 Phi Beta Kappa Albaugh Lecture. His theme for the evening is "21st Century Religion: Faith in the Age of Authenticity." The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Roy B. Albaugh Phi Beta Kappa Lectureship was endowed in the late 1970s by Mrs. Oma Buchanan Albaugh in memory of her late husband, a Waco business and civic leader. Prominent past speakers have included: Francis Crick, biologist and co-discover of DNA's double-helical structure; Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and former member of the President's Council on Bioethics; Leon Kass, physician and former member of the President's Council on Bioethics; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., historian and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; and John Updike, novelist and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle.

For more information about the Albaugh lecture, contact Dr. Michael Foley at Michael_Foley@baylor.edu.

Photo credit: Image of Charles Taylor by Makhanets [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons