ICAS:MP Dialogue with Charles Taylor, Hartmut Rosa and Rajeev Bhargava on 8 February 2021
Deep Diversity in Politics, Religion and Selfhood, and a Shared Sense of Belonging
Online via Zoom at 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (IST)/ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (CET)/ 9:00 am – 10:30 am (ET)
Abstract: The panel will discuss the implications and ramifications of ‘deep diversity’ and explore the possibilities and preconditions of creating a shared, democratic space of ‘resonance’ across the various divides. The introductory remarks will be given by the ICAS:MP directors Prof. Sanjay Kumar (CSDS) and Prof. Martin Fuchs (MWK Erfurt), together with Philipp von Ritter, Science Counsellor, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Delhi.
Watch the video recording of the dialogue here:
Charles Taylor was Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University and Professor of Political Sciences and Philosophy at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he is currently professor emeritus. He has served as Board of Trustees Professor of Law and Philosophy at Northwestern University. He has received numerous awards that include the Prix Léon-Gérin by the Québec government (1992), the Templeton Prize (2007) and the Kyoto Prize (2008). He was made a Grand officier of the Ordre national du Québec and a Companion of the Order of Canada. His teaching and research areas have been Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Social Science, Political Theory, Greek Political Thought, Moral Philosophy, the Culture of Western Modernity, Philosophy of Language, Theories of Meaning, Language and Politics and German Idealism. His noted publications include Hegel and Modern Society; Social Theory as Practice; Philosophy and the Human Sciences; Multiculturalism and The Politics of Recognition; A Secular Age and many more.
Hartmut Rosa is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany and Director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt. He also is an Affiliated Professor at the Department of Sociology, New School for Social Research, New York. In 1997, he received his PhD in Political Science from Humboldt-University in Berlin. After that, he held teaching positions at the universities of Mannheim, Jena, Augsburg and Essen and served as Vice-President and General Secretary for Research Committee 35 (COCTA) of ISA and as one of the directors of the Annual International Conference on Philosophy and the Social Sciences in Prague. In 2016, he was a visiting professor at the FMSH/EHESS in Paris. He is editor of the international journal Time and Society. His publications focus on Social Acceleration, Resonance and the Temporal Structures of Modernity as well as the Political Theory of Communitarianism. He is the author of Resonance: A Sociology of Our Relationship to the World; Alienation and Acceleration: Towards a Critical Theory of Late-Modern Temporality; The Uncontrollability of the World and more.
Rajeev Bhargava was until last year Professor at CSDS, Delhi and continues to be its Honorary Fellow and Director, Institute of Indian Thought. He was also the Centre’s Director (2007-2014). He has been a Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and between 2001 and 2005 was Head, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. He is also an Honorary Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford. He has been a Fellow at Harvard University, University of Bristol, Institute of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, and the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He has also been Distinguished Resident Scholar, Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, Columbia University, and Asia Chair at Sciences Po, Paris. Bhargava’s publications include Individualism in Social Science (1992), What is Political Theory and Why Do We Need It? (2010), and The Promise of India’s Secular Democracy (2010). His edited works are Secularism and Its Critics (1998) and Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution (2008). He is currently working on religious and philosophical pluralism in ancient Indian Thought.