The fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom. Genesis 3:6 Canada
may produce more original work on Hegel than any other nation.
David MacGregor, Literary Review of Canada (February 1994)
The fact that the well known Canadian philosopher, Charles
Taylor, won the enviable Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or
Discoveries About Spiritual Realities in 2007 has been noted and noticed by
many. There are few that have won this prestigious award, and fewer Canadians
have taken the trophy home.Taylor
did so, and did so in a way that has made many a Canadian proud of their native
born boy. But, philosophy is about asking critical questions, and critical
questions keep us from slipping into
hagiography. Why did Taylor win the Templeton Prize, what questions need to be asked of Taylor, what intellectual agenda does he serve and are there other Canadians of equal worth and merit that might have won the Templeton Prize but did not?