It is only recently that a societal model based on the respect of a
plurality of philosophical, religious, and moral perspectives has emerged as
the most likely to lead to a harmonious and productive balance between society
and its constituent members. A vast consensus has also emerged around the
notion that secularism is an essential component of any liberal democracy. But
what exactly is a secular society?
While recent works in social science, law, and philosophy have made
great strides in explaining secularism as a mode of governance, there had been
little analysis to date of the constitutive principles of secularism – until
the publication of this book.
The authors argue that the two ultimate objectives of secularism are the
respect of individuals’ moral equality and the protection of the freedom of
conscience and religion. For this reason, secularism must now be grasped within
a larger context of the diversity of beliefs and values – religious or other –
held by all members of society.
In their book, Maclure and Taylor reflect on
the fundamental principles that permit social cooperation within profoundly
diverse societies, the application of such principles to the operation of
institutions, and the notion of a citizen ethic.
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