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Visiting Scholars Seminar: New Research on Europe

Future of Secularism in Europe and the US


September 28, 2016
11:00am - 1:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall
September 28, 2016
11:00am - 1:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall

Celebrated as a force that pushes back against the disenchantment of the world, the reemergence of religion in the public sphere is hailed as a harbinger of a new kind of modernity. In this talk, the speaker will argue, by contrast, that we will all lose our freedom as a consequence of the renaissance of religion in public life. Further, he will argue for a new definition of pluralism. The main thesis is that a shift from secularism to pluralism is very much needed. On a theoretical level, the speaker will examine the place of secularism and pluralism in today’s academic and media discourse. Finally, he will discuss a new theory of pluralism and its implementation in today’s environment.

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