Analiza i Egzystencja (Jan 2019)

Neutralność państwa wobec religii w świetle Charlesa Taylora koncepcji sekularyzacji (State’s Neutrality towards Religion in the Light of Charles Taylor’s Secularization Concept)

  • Antoni Torzewski

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 46


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In the contemporary philosophy secularism is broadly discussed. However, the problem is far more complex than it may seem at the first glance. For secularism is not only state’s separation from religion, but also a number of other postulates and presumptions which are often forgotten. Charles Taylor presents his theory of secularism in the book Secularism and Freedom of Conscience where he distinguishes two groups of postulates of secularism. In this article I will focus myself on five matters concerning the postulate of neutrality towards religion, which arises on the grounds of Taylor concept, but also transcend it. Reflections on the state’s neutrality towards religion also constitute a ground to ask about the sense of secularism and its real application in public life.