Category Archives: Secularism

Freedom of expression at any cost?

A fine article in Norwegian about my recent work by Mathias H. Eidberg at my faculty and originally published on the webpages of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo in Norway, where I work.   http://www.tf.uio.no/forskning/aktuelt/aktuelle-saker/2015/ytringsfrihet.html

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Values and violence: Thoughts on Charlie Hebdo

The Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC)’s blog ‘The Immanent Frame’, which takes its name from Prof Charles Taylor’s seminal  ‘A Secular Age’ (Belknap Press, 2007), has commissioned responses from a number of scholars in various fields in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France on January 7 and 9 2015, in which a […]

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Public sphere theories revisited

The following is excerpted from my forthcoming monograph (2015). Michael Warner has referred to the “endlessly repeated discovery that public politics does not in fact conform to the idealized self-understanding which makes it work.” Jürgen Habermas’ The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere which was first published in German in 1962 has been central to […]

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