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A Secular Age / Edition 1

A Secular Age / Edition 1

by Charles Taylor
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ISBN-13: 9780674026766
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Pages: 896
Sales rank: 440,028
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Charles Taylor is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.

Table of Contents



Part I: The Work of Reform

1. The Bulwarks of Belief

2. The Rise of the Disciplinary Society

3. The Great Disembedding

4. Modern Social Imaginaries

5. The Spectre of Idealism

Part II: The Turning Point

6. Providential Deism

7. The Impersonal Order

Part III: The Nova Effect

8. The Malaises of Modernity

9. The Dark Abyss of Time

10. The Expanding Universe of Unbelief

11. Nineteenth-Century Trajectories

Part IV: Narratives of Secularization

12. The Age of Mobilization

13. The Age of Authenticity

14. Religion Today

Part V: Conditions of Belief

15. The Immanent Frame

16. Cross Pressures

17. Dilemmas 1

18. Dilemmas 2

19. Unquiet Frontiers of Modernity

20. Conversions

Epilogue: The Many Stories



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This is Charles Taylor's breakthrough book, a book of really major importance, because he succeeds in recasting the whole debate about secularism. This is one of the most important books written in my lifetime. I am tempted to say the most important book, but that may just express the spell the book has cast over me at the moment.

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A Secular Age 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Pastorinada More than 1 year ago
The book is pretty deep and takes much time to read. If one is interested in "how" the western nations got to a point where the words "God and Religion" need not be mentioned for one to have a normal life, this volume goes into detail. The author's arguments "build" on themselves. So following the chapters in sequence helps make sense of the book. The author does a good job at clarifying his terms. The book is well researched. Probably a class in either Humanities, Theology or basic Philosophy would serve one well before reading this book. It has many good intellectual "nuggets" in it if one takes the time to "mine them."
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