Holberg Prize Symposium 2010: Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis on Decentering History, University of Toronto

Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto and Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emerita Princeton University In the featured presentation of the 2010 Holberg Symposium, Holberg Laureate Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis delivered a brief yet pithy lecture on the subject of decentering history, local stories and cultural crossings in a global age – an inspiring alternative approach to writing global history in a globalized world. In her presentation, Davis defended the plausibility of writing decentered and local histories as a suitable approach for recounting the past in our global world. The… Read More

Professor Charles Taylor and Rev. Robert P. Imbelli: A conversation with Charles Taylor

Boston College, 2011 Click here for the video. In the following interview, Philosopher Charles Taylor discusses the insights that can be gained by understanding the historical and cultural frameworks of Western secular modernity as contexts in which discussions or the content of religion have not only in some sense occurred, been inherited and must now occur and be justified in new settings but also distinguishes it as one kind of modernity amongst many other emerging modernities in the world. When thinking about the role of Christian thought in the North-American and European… 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

Dr. Charles Taylor and Dr. Roger Scruton on the Sacred and the Secular

Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton, McGill University, 2014 Click here for the video.  In 2014, McGill University hosted a panel discussion with philosophers Charles Taylor and Roger Scruton on the sacred and the secular in modernity. The panel discussion took part within a broader conference titled Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton which had examined the ways the secular has been shaped by the sacred. The central question this particular panel was concerned however was whether a secular public sphere could continue to regulate and find within itself shared ethical sources without public religious… Read More