Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 5¾ x 9
978-0-7425-2127-8 • Paperback • March 2002 • $62.00 • (£48.00)
978-0-7425-7299-7 • eBook • March 2002 • $56.00 • (£43.00)
Mark Redhead is visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at Oregon State University.
Chapter 1 Introduction.
Chapter 2 The Political Context for a Deeply Diverse Vision
Chapter 3 The Politics of Deep Diversity
Chapter 4 Atomism and Fragmentation
Chapter 5 Deep Diversity's Discontents
Chapter 6 Self-Interpreting Animals
Chapter 7 Taylor's Catholic Modernity
Chapter 8 Thinking Beyond the Limits of Deep Diversity
Cultural diversity today is not an academic issue, but a lived reality for many societies in the grip of globalization. No contemporary thinker has reflected more seriously on this reality than Charles Taylor whose work champions a recognition of 'deep diversity' as an alternative to communal homogeneity and atomistic fragmentation. Redhead examines this perspective on numerous levels—political, philosophical, and personal—thus offering a perceptive entree into the Canadian's complex opus, while also suggesting a more pragmatic solution to some remaining quandaries in that work.
— Fred R. Dallmayr, Packey J. Dee Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
Mark Readhead's book is one of the closest studies to date of Charles Taylor's life and thought. Charles Taylor displays the sort of careful, meditative, generous temperament for which Taylor is widely admired, suggesting that Redhead is in an excellent position to respond to the above challenges and to continue to help us think beyond his subject.
— Perspectives on Politics
The book is well researched, clear, and of interest to political theorists, philosophers, and readers interested in contemporary struggles for intranational political recognition.
— Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy
Readhead's book is worth reading, especially for its descriptive portrayal of Taylor's thought.
— Philosophy in Review
Mark Redhead places the theme of 'deep diversity' at the center of his study of Charles Taylor; he attempts to elucidate Taylor via a 'deep analysis,' treating Taylor not only as a thinker, with roots, e.g., in Hegel, but taking very seriously Taylor's involvement in Canadian politics, his Catholic faith, as well as his personal experience growing up in an Anglo-French Quebec household. Redhead manages not only to shed much new light on Taylor, but his book serves as a model for the study of a serious thinker in terms of the interaction of life and thought. Without ever being reductionist Redhead gives us a very rich picture of Taylor—and some astute reflections on the limitations of Taylor as a political philosopher. Redhead's study of Taylor and 'deep diversity' must be judged 'deeply successful.'
— Michael Zuckert, University of Notre Dame