Mark C. Taylor is the Chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University and Co-Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life. A leading figure in debates about post-modernism, Taylor has written on topics ranging from philosophy, religion, literature, art and architecture to education, media, science, technology and economics.

Taylor is also Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Union Theological Seminary and the Cluett Professor of Humanities, emeritus at Williams College. He received a Doktorgrad (Philosophy) from the University of Copenhagen in 1981, a Ph.D. in religion from Harvard in 1973, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1968. The many awards and honors he has received include: Wesleyan University Distinguished Alumnus Award (1998), Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Professor of the year (1995), Rektor’s Medal, University of Helsinki (1993), American Academy of Religion Awards for Excellence for his books Nots (1994),Altarity (1998) and After God (2008). He has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1979-80).