Charles Taylor in conversation with Lonergan and Doran: On upper and lower blades
Ormerod, N.J. (2009). Charles Taylor in Conversation with Lonergan and Doran : On upper and lower blades. In J.D. Dadosky (Ed.), Meaning and History in Systematic Theology: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Doran (pp. 449-463). Wisconsin, United States : Marquette University Press.
A recent attempt to run a conference on the work of Charles Taylor in Australia brought his impressive corpus of writings to my attention. A colleague of mine had challenged a presentation I had given on which I drew heavily on the work of Robert Doran by suggesting that Taylor presented a better account of the problem I was examining. That problem concerned the long term falling away of belief in the provability of Godâ€™s existence, and my analysis drew on Doranâ€™s notions of cosmological and anthropological cultures. 1 My colleagueâ€™s challenge and the looming possibility of a specialized conference on Taylorâ€™s work led me to begin the task of reading Taylorâ€™s then major work, Sources of the Self. 2 I was even more interested when his most recent work, A Secular Age, which more directly addresses the sort of issues I had raised in my presentation, emerged.