Charles Taylor wins Templeton Prize

Philosopher addresses spirituality, violence and culture
Charles Taylor, a Canadian philosopher whose work has touched on questions of spirituality, violence and culture, has been named the 2007 Templeton Prize winner.

Taylor, 75, teaches law and philosophy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and is a professor emeritus at McGill University in Montreal. He is the first Canadian to be awarded the best-known prize in the world of religion.

The award—valued at 800,000 pounds sterling, or about $1.5 million—has been given out annually since 1973 by the John Templeton Foundation. The foundation said Taylor has long been engaged in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary questions about the role of spirituality.


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