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Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age: Essays on Religion and Theology in the Work of Charles Taylor

Carlos D. Colorado Justin D. Klassen Justin D Klassen

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University of Notre Dame Press
30 May 2014
Philosophy; Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age, whose title is inspired by Charles Taylor's magisterial A Secular Age, offers a host of expert analyses of the religious and theological threads running throughout Taylor's oeuvre, illuminating further his approaches to morality, politics, history, and philosophy. Although the scope of Taylor's insight into modern secularity has been widely recognised by his fellow social theorists and philosophers, Aspiring to Fullness focuses on Taylor's insights regarding questions of religious experience. It is with a view to such experience that the volume's contributors consider and assess Taylor's broad analysis of the limits and potentialities of the present age in regard to human fullness or fulfilment.

The essays in this volume address crucial questions about the function and significance of religious accounts of transcendence in Taylor's overall philosophical project; the critical purchase and limitations of Taylor's assessment of the centrality of codes and institutions in modern political ethics; the possibilities inherent in Taylor's brand of post-Nietzschean theism; the significance and meaning of Taylor's ambivalence about modern destiny; the possibility of a practical application of his insights within particular contemporary religious communities; and the overall implications of Taylor's thought for theology and philosophy of religion. Although some commentators have referred to a recent religious turn in Taylor's work, the contributors to Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age examine the ways in which transcendence functions, both explicitly and implicitly, in Taylor's philosophical project as a whole.
Edited by:   Carlos D. Colorado, Justin D Klassen
Other:   Justin D. Klassen
Imprint:   University of Notre Dame Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   499g
ISBN:   9780268023768
ISBN 10:   026802376X
Pages:   344
Publication Date:   30 May 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Carlos D. Colorado is assistant professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, University of Winnipeg. Justin D. Klassen is sessional instructor in the Religious Studies Department at Trinity Western University. Contributors: Ruth Abbey, Ian Angus, Carlos D. Colorado, Eric Gregory, Jennifer A. Herdt, Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Paul D. Janz, Justin D. Klassen, Charles Mathewes, William Schweiker, Bruce K. Ward, Joshua Yates.

Reviews for Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age: Essays on Religion and Theology in the Work of Charles Taylor

Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age . . . offers a host of analyses of the religious and theological threads running throughout Taylor's oeuvre. --Publishers Weekly The importance of Charles Taylor's theological commitments for his broader reflections on modernity and social theory is only matched by their incompleteness. This engaging collection of essays ferrets out and evaluates these commitments . . . . I highly recommend the volume for shedding light on Taylor's complex, crucial, yet often opaque theological claims. --Theological Studies In Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age, Carlos Colorado and Justin Klassen have gathered twelve eminently capable scholars, a mix of renowned commentators and newer academics, to guide us in viewing the role of religion and theology in Taylor's work . . . . With its accessible length, helpful index and incisive commentary, Aspiring to Fullness offers an excellent guide for entry into Taylor's large and growing work in the field. --Theologische Literaturzeitung,

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