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

CBC Massey Lecture Event: “Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship”

Right and Honorable Adrienne Clarkson, Rebecca Cohn Auditorium – Dalhousie Arts Centre The Right and Honorable Adrienne Clarkson will be delivering her second CBC Massey lecture Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 7pm. The lecture is titled “The Glory that was Greece”. In the presentation, the former Governor General of Canada will trace the concept of citizenship from the classical worlds of Aristotle and the Ancient Greeks in the reflections about the intellectual democratic heritage available to us in understanding contemporary questions of diversity and modern societies…. Read More

September 18th – Trudeau Foundation 2014 Fellowship Announcement

The Trudeau Foundation will be announcing at a public ceremony on September 18th the three recipients of the 2014 Trudeau Fellowships — a distinguished humanities and scholarship award valued at CND $225 000, paid over three years. We will be covering the ceremony and the select scholars here at Integrating Horizons. The Trudeau Foundation was established in 2001 in the memory of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. It is a non-partisan charity endowed by the Government of Canada through the Advanced Research in the Humanities and Human Sciences Fund. The Foundation provides… Read More

Professor Ronald Beiner on “Taylor, Rawls and Secularism”

Religion and Modernity, McGill University, 2012 Click here for the video. In the 2012 conference Religion and Modernity, Philosopher Ronald Beiner spoke about religion and its tension within Western liberal secular societies: while liberal societies in the West provide a “breathing space vis-a-vis religion” to ensure the public agenda is not “subject to dictation by religious authorities” but the deliberation of “citizen to citizen”, the problem however is to explain why it is illegitimate for religious expressions to have “leverage” on “power and authority”. There is a paradox, contends Professor Beiner, for… Read More

Professor Charles Taylor On the Templeton Prize (2007) & Gifford Lectures (1998-99 and 2009)

British Academy, 2012 Click here for the video.  In the following interview for the Templeton Prize Laureate series, Professor Charles Taylor speaks about his work in Secular Age and its thesis that there isn’t just one modernity but multiple ones emerging from different cultures and different forms. Trying to understand why modernities can emerge so differently across the world, Professor Taylor argues that we need to turn to what has been called the “Axial Age” — an expression introduced by Karl Jaspers referring to the beginning of a period in which radical changes occurred across civilizations… Read More