Canadian philosopher wins $1.5 million U.S. prize

McGill University professor Charles Taylor, a leading philosopher who argues modern societies must reconnect with their spiritual side, has won the $1.5-million U.S. Templeton Prize, the world’s largest cash award given to an individual.

Taylor, 75, follows in the steps of Mother Teresa, Dr. Billy Graham and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, previous recipients of the prize, endowed by mutual-fund entrepreneur John Templeton in 1973 to herald those who seek to broaden our understanding of the otherworldly and the divine.

At a news conference in New York on Wednesday, foundation president John Templeton Jr. cited Taylor’s “often lonely” stance, as the philosopher has called on legislators, policymakers, historians and social scientists over five decades to recognize the role spirituality plays in how individuals live and make key decisions.  Read More….

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