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A secular age

Author: Charles Taylor
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.
Series: Gifford lectures, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? Almost everyone would agree that we - in the West, at least - largely do. And clearly the place of religion in our societies has changed profoundly in the last few centuries. Charles Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean - of what, precisely, happens when a society in which it is virtually impossible not to believe in God becomes one in which  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Taylor
ISBN: 9780674026766 0674026764
OCLC Number: 85766076
Awards: Nominated for PROSE Awards 2007
Nominated for Mark Lynton History Prize 2008
Nominated for Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion 2008
Nominated for Ralph Waldo Emerson Award 2008
Nominated for David Easton Award 2008
Nominated for John Gilmary Shea Prize 2008
Description: x, 874 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The work of reform --
The bulwarks of belief --
The rise of the disciplinary society --
The great disembedding --
Modern social imaginaries --
The spectre of idealism --
The turning point --
Providential deism --
The impersonal order --
The nova effect --
The malaises of modernity --
The dark abyss of time --
The expanding universe of unbelief --
Nineteenth-century trajectories --
Narratives of secularization --
The age of mobilization --
The age of authenticity --
Religion today --
Conditions of belief --
The immanent frame --
Cross pressures --
Dilemmas 1 --
Dilemmas 2 --
Unquiet frontiers of modernity --
Series Title: Gifford lectures, 1999.
Responsibility: Charles Taylor.
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The place of religion in society has changed profoundly in the last few centuries, particularly in the West. In what will be a defining book for our time, Taylor takes up the question of what these  Read more...
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Taylor's book is a major and highly original contribution to the debates on secularization that have been ongoing for the past century. There is no book remotely like it. -- Alasdair MacIntyre This Read more...

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