Mark Taylor


Columbia University

Mark C. Taylor is a philosopher of religion and cultural critic who has published more than twenty books on theology, philosophy, art and architecture, media, technology, economics, and the natural sciences. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 1968, he received his doctorate in the study of religion from Harvard University and began teaching at Williams College in 1973. In 2007, Taylor moved from Williams College to Columbia University, where he chairs the Department of Religion. His many books include: Journeys to Selfhood: Hegel and Kierkegaard (1980), Erring: A Postmodern A/Theology (1984), Disfiguring: Art, Architecture, Religion (1994), Hiding (1997), About Religion: Economies of Faith in Virtual Culture (1999), The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture (2001), Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World Without Redemption (2006), Mystic Bones (2007), After God (2007), Field Notes from Elsewhere: Reflections on Dying and Living (2008), Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Colleges and Universities (2010), Refiguring the Spiritual (2012), Rewiring the Real (2013), Recovering Place (2014), and Speed Limits (2014). In addition to his writing, Taylor has produced a CD-ROM, “Motel Real: Las Vegas, Nevada,” and has had an exhibition of the artwork accompanying his book, “Grave Matters,” at the Mass MOCA. Over the years Taylor has also played a major role in introducing new technologies to the classroom. In 1998, he co-founded a company named Global Education Network, whose mission was to introduce high-quality online education in the arts, sciences and humanities to anyone, anywhere in the world. He is currently curating an exhibition, which will include his own art, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA.