Charles Taylor Lecture: Disenchantment and Secularity

Published on December 7, 2021

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October 22, 2008 | World-renowned philosopher Charles Taylor examined the complex relation between disenchantment and secularity in the West, including the different meanings of “disenchantment,” and the implicit meanings behind notions of “re-enchantment.” This was the second of the 2008 Berkley Center lectures on the topic “Narratives of Secularity”. The lectures surveyed the master narratives which have underpinned secularization, explored more adequate ones, and hazarded a picture of the present predicament of religion and spirituality in the West.

Charles Taylor is one of the world’s leading scholars working at the intersection of religion, secularity, and modernity. A philosopher open to other humanities and social science disciplines, he has authored many path-breaking books, including The Sources of the Self (1992), Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition (1994) and, most recently, A Secular Age (2007). Taylor was for many years Professor for Political Sciences and Philosophy at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he now serves as professor emeritus. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2007.

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