Caricatures and thumbnails: Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Taylor

A younger, bushey-browed Charles Taylor stands holding a pinhow many angels are dancing on it? A cartoon depiction of this scene accompanied the review of Taylor’s Sources of the Self by Bernard Williams in the New York Review of Books. It is both cheeky and telling. In the review Williams makes clear his appreciation for Taylor’s learning, and for the scope of his narrative, but, in keeping with his usual style, Williams isn’t buying it (see: the “Feuerbach principle”). I don’t really want to comment on Williams’ review of Taylor so much as the image which accompanied it. Continue reading “Caricatures and thumbnails: Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Taylor”