Professor Charles Taylor, “Is Democracy in danger?”

At University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, November, 2012 In a public lecture entitled Is Democracy in danger?, eminent Canadian Philosopher Charles Taylor spoke of democracy as amongst the key civilizational human accomplishments yet one that is also recurrently remade and refashioned across the ages. While we have codified and embedded it into our constitutional, legal and cultural practices in Canada, Professor Taylor spoke of the contemporary sense we still feel of falling back on its ideals. For Professor Taylor, democratic societies require not only shared and acceptable procedures to… Read More

Dr. Jürgen Habermas on “Ritual, Nationalism, and Religious Arguments in the Public Sphere”

Dr. Jürgen Habermas on “Ritual, Nationalism, and Religious Arguments in the Public Sphere” The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University At the Berkley center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs in 2011, Dr. Jürgen Habermas presented a philosophical paper titled “On Myth and Ritual”. In the question period that followed, Professor Habermas spoke about the importance of distinguishing between the use of religious arguments in the secular public sphere and when those religious arguments are used by the institutions that form and represent the foundation of secularized political sovereignty…. Read More