In 1956, Taylor was named Fellow at Oxford’s All Souls College.
He went on at Oxford to complete an MA in 1960, and a Ph D in Philosophy in 1961.
His mother, Simone Marguerite Beaubien, a dressmaker, was a francophone Roman Catholic.
The children were brought up Catholic in a very political home, where discussions about the place of Quebec within Canada were common.
As a result he saw the social sciences as being fundamentally different in method from the physical sciences. He has also been actively involved in Canadian politics, serving as vice-president of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) and vice-president of the Quebec NDP.
He ran in four federal elections, notably against Pierre Trudeau in 1965.He returned to the political science department at Mc Gill in 1982, where he eventually achieved the rank of Professor Emeritus.He later joined the departments of Philosophy and Law at Northwestern University.He was inducted into the Academy of Great Montrealers (2003) and was named a Commander of the Ordre de Montreal (2016).In 2003, Charles Taylor was the first recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Gold Medal for Achievement in Research.Taylor attended Selwyn House, a private boys’ school in Montreal.He later completed his secondary schooling at Trinity College School, a co-educational college preparatory school in Port Hope, Ontario.In 2007, together with sociologist and historian Gérard Bouchard, Taylor co-chaired the Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences, the Quebec government’s response to questions around the “reasonable accommodation” of religious and cultural groups in the province. Charles Taylor married Alba Romer, an artist and social worker, in 1956.The couple had five daughters: Karen, born 1958; Miriam, 1959; Wanda, 1960; Gabriela, 1962; and Gretta, 1965. Taylor was named a Companion of the Order of Canada (1995), and Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2000).The youngest of three children, he was raised in a bilingual household.His father, Walter Margrave Taylor, was a steel magnate and an anglophone Protestant from Toronto.