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Professor Charles Taylor: The Language Animal

The Institute for Social Justice at Australian Catholic University is pleased to invite you to Professor Charles Taylor’s public lecture on his upcoming book “The Language Animal”

When: Friday 22 April 2016, 4:30pm – 6:30pm followed by casual reception

Where: Ryan Auditorium, ACU North Sydney Campus, 40 Edward Street, North Sydney

RSVP: Please RSVP using link below by Thursday 21 April 2016


In “the Language Animal”, Professor Taylor will be giving an account of his new book due to be 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 encodiing 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.

Professor 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 humanities 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 Recognition (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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