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    Abbey, Ruth 2006. Turning or Spinning? Charles Taylor's Catholicism: A Reply to Ian Fraser. Contemporary Political Theory, Vol. 5, Issue. 2, p. 163.


Reply to Braybrooke and de Sousa*

  • Charles Taylor (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 April 2010

These two interesting papers raise a number of important issues. I will limit myself, however, to drawing out some of the recurring questions, in order to keep myself from wandering too much down fascinating side alleys.

I cannot resist, however, beginning with what sounds like a digression. There is a lot of misunderstanding of what I was trying to say, especially in Braybrooke's paper. My author's reflex is to blame my readers. But a moment's quiet thought makes me aware of how far from totally clear I was. More than that, some of what is at issue between us is precisely the grid within which these questions should be debated. I am dissatisfied with the accepted way of putting some of these questions, and I want to propose new terms. It was inevitable that misunderstandings arise in these circumstances.

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