Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Charles Taylor Wins Kyoto Prize

The philosopher Charles Taylor has won the 2008 Kyoto Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Philosophy. The prize is awarded by the Inamori Foundation of Japan. Congrats, Chuck.

It is worth mentioning that this same prize was offered in 1999 to John Rawls, the master of us all. Rawls fought in the Pacific in WWII, and declined the prize upon learning that acceptance required him to have dinner with the Emperor of Japan. Fucking-a right on, Jack!


Apparently Taylor has no in-principle objection to dining with emperors and the like.

4 comments:

Krinos said...

Taylor has no qualms about bowing and preening before emporers and the like because he thinks values generally take on the right hue when we see them from the perspective of our betters. Rational control and moral conscience, at least as he presents them in _A Secular Age_, make sense only with the God of Abraham judging us. It's the ethics of a suck-up. Charles Taylor is false.

krinos said...

!emperors!

Spiros said...

Krinos:

Thanks for this. I've always found something unnerving about CT's work, and I've long suspected that the stuff on communitarianism and recognition held some very disturbing political elements. Perhaps even emperors need to be recognized? Liberalism is a fighting doctrine, indeed....

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