Mark C. Taylor is, since 2007, the Chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. 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.
His more recent publications include: After God (2007), Mystic Bones (2006), Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World Without Redemption (2004), Vito Acconci (2002), Grave Matters (2002), The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture (2002), About Religion: Economies of Faith in Virtual Culture (1999). Taylor also contributes to periodicals, such as the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times.
In addition to writing, Taylor has produced the CD-ROM The Réal: Las Vegas, Nevada (with José
Marquez, 1997): Imagine that it is the year 2033 and Las Vegas has long been buried beneath the sands of the Nevada desert. [..] The secret, you find, is locked within an electronic scrapbook.
Taylor has also played a major role in introducing new technologies to the classroom: in 1998, he co-founded Global Education Network, whose mission is to introduce high-quality online education in the arts, sciences and humanities to anyone, anywhere in the world: http://www.gen.com/
Taylor received a Doktorgrad (Philosophy) from the University of Copenhagen in 1981, and a Ph.D. in religion from Harvard in 1997. Among the many awards and honors he has received are: 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) and Altarity (1998), and Guggenheim Fellowship (1979-80).
With V2_, he published the essay We are the incarnation of complex Worldwide Webs in Machine Times (2000).