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Charles Taylor and Jeffrey C. Alexander on secularity and the sacred

Charles Taylor and Jeffrey C. Alexander on secularity and the sacred American Journal of Cultural Sociology (2021) 9:1–2 https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-020-00097-9 EDITORIAL Charles Taylor and Jeffrey C. Alexander on secularity and the sacred Samuel Nelson Published online: 20 February 2020 © Springer Nature Limited 2020 The following is a conversation between Charles Taylor and Jeffrey Alexander which developed from a panel convened for the tenth anniversary of Taylor’s A Sec- ular Age, held at the Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association in Montreal in November 2017. Taylor was present to hear and address the reflections of four scholars, including Alexander, who were invited to discuss the book’s legacy a decade on. Alexander’s remarks centered on the possibilities of transcendental or sacred experience in modernity in view of Taylor’s account, in A Secular Age, of the unique conditions and limits imposed on such experience—conditions which, in his read- ing, reflect the uniquely modern authority claimed by self-referentially immanent, and thus secular, frames of experience. For Taylor, the rationalizing, disenchant- ing processes associated with the transition to modernity displace the once integral authority of religion—the historic domain of transcendental engagement—and thus displace the transcendent, as such, from the institutional logics and discourses gov- erning everyday modern life. Alexander is in agreement with Taylor regarding the secularizing implications http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Cultural Sociology Springer Journals

Charles Taylor and Jeffrey C. Alexander on secularity and the sacred

American Journal of Cultural Sociology , Volume 9 (1) – Feb 20, 2020

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American Journal of Cultural Sociology (2021) 9:1–2 https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-020-00097-9 EDITORIAL Charles Taylor and Jeffrey C. Alexander on secularity and the sacred Samuel Nelson Published online: 20 February 2020 © Springer Nature Limited 2020 The following is a conversation between Charles Taylor and Jeffrey Alexander which developed from a panel convened for the tenth anniversary of Taylor’s A Sec- ular Age, held at the Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association in Montreal in November 2017. Taylor was present to hear and address the reflections of four scholars, including Alexander, who were invited to discuss the book’s legacy a decade on. Alexander’s remarks centered on the possibilities of transcendental or sacred experience in modernity in view of Taylor’s account, in A Secular Age, of the unique conditions and limits imposed on such experience—conditions which, in his read- ing, reflect the uniquely modern authority claimed by self-referentially immanent, and thus secular, frames of experience. For Taylor, the rationalizing, disenchant- ing processes associated with the transition to modernity displace the once integral authority of religion—the historic domain of transcendental engagement—and thus displace the transcendent, as such, from the institutional logics and discourses gov- erning everyday modern life. Alexander is in agreement with Taylor regarding the secularizing implications

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Published: Feb 20, 2020

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