[SydPhil] Charles Taylor on Secularism and Belonging

Nikolas Kompridis Nikolas.Kompridis at acu.edu.au
Fri Apr 15 15:51:08 AEST 2016

The Institute for Social Justice Charles Taylor Lectures

"Secularism and Religious and Spiritual Forms of Belonging"


When: Friday 29 April 2016, 4pm - 6pm followed by casual reception
Where: Ryan Auditorium, ACU North Sydney Campus, 40 Edward Street, North Sydney
RSVP: Please RSVP on our website: http://isj.acu.edu.au/

Abstract: Secularization has meant not mainly the decline of religion (although in many countries this has been a consequence)- but, rather, the pluralization of religious, or spiritual positions, and the creation of a culture of ecumenical exchange, which is very different from what obtained half a century ago. Professor Taylor examines this development and contrasts it to another religious development, viz., the use of religion as a marker of political identity and mobilization, frequently accompanied by conflict and violence. This bifurcation of religious belonging into two utterly opposed tendencies is a crucial feature of our times.

Bio:  Charles Taylor  is one of the most important thinkers of the last half-century and is the recipient of the Templeton Prize, the Kyoto Prize, and the John W. Kluge Prize (the Nobel Prize for scholars in the humanities and the social sciences). A philosopher and public intellectual of enormous range and depth, Taylor has achieved a very large and diverse readership through the huge impact of such books as Sources of the Self (1989), Multiculturalism and the Politics of Recognition (1994), and his magnum opus, A Secular Age (2007), hailed by the New York Times as "a work of stupendous breath and erudition."

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