FBK-ISR – “Degenerations of Democracy”: A Lecture by Charles Taylor

12 January 2023 | 17:00 — 19:00

Aula Kessler Dipartimento di Sociologia dell’Università di Trento, Via Giuseppe Verdi, 26 – 38122 Trento

Many have a sense that democracy is in trouble in the West today. But what are the causes of the erosion of the basis of a political regime that seemed to have no alternative until a few years ago? Populism is often blamed for the origin of this degeneration. However, if democracy is not an end state but a process, shouldn’t the root causes of this malaise be sought rather in the crisis of participation, in failures of practices of inclusion and the spread of a paralyzing sense of powerlessness among citizens?

The event, organized by FBK’s Center for Religious Studies in collaboration with the Departments of Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale and Lettere e Filosofia of the University of Trento, will be held in English and is part of the activities of the research project IPN 175: “Resilient Beliefs: Religion and Beyond,” funded by the Euregio Science Fund.

Guest Speaker: Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor (1931) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University and author of “Sources of the Self” (1989), “The Ethics of Authenticity” (1992), and “A Secular Age” (2007). He has received many honors, including the Templeton Prize, the Kyoto Prize, and the Berggruen Prize.

Image: Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf, Portrait du philosophe Charles Taylor

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The event will be held in person, but will be recorded and made available later on the YouTube channel of the Center for Religious Studies.

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