The strange estrangement: Taylor and the natural sciences, in: Tully, James Hamilton/ Weinstock, Daniel Marc (eds.): Philosophy in an age of pluralism: the philosophy of Charles Taylor in question. Cambridge/UK etc. 1994: Cambridge University Press, pp. 83-95. 


(by Clifford Geertz)




As part of a volume reviewing and evaluating the philosophical contributions of Charles Taylor, this article raises the questions of whether Taylor has drawn too sharp a line between hermeneutics and the natural sciences. It argues that Taylor's view of the natural sciences is insufficiently historical and neglectful of changes in both method and content in those sciences during the past century and a half. Citing works both by natural scientists and by historical and sociological students of those sciences, it is suggested that more effective connections between them and the human sciences might be effected.



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