Kenan Sponsored Center for Comparative Philosophy Talk Series
The Possibility of Religious Pluralism
Time: 9:00-11:00am Tuesday October 31st
Location: West Duke Building 204
Abstract: In this talk, Professor Rajeev Bhargava examines the theological, social and political conditions for the existence of religious pluralism. He distinguishes a model of religious pluralism that is grounded in porous boundaries and fluidity of movement between communities, encouraging acceptance and mutual respect from a model of religious toleration in which an ensemble of doctrinally bounded religious/philosophical communities live together somewhat reluctantly. He illustrates his points with examples from India and Europe and argues that what distinguishes the two models is not the presence or absence of conflict but how these conflicts are handled.
About the Speaker: Rajeev Bhargava is Professor and former Director, CSDS, Delhi. He is currently Berggruen Fellow at NYU. He is also Professorial Fellow, Institute of Social Justice, ACU and Honorary Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of Individualism in Social Science (Clarendon Press, 1992), What is Political Theory and Why do we need it (OUP, Delhi, 2010) and The Promise of India’s Secular Democracy (OUP. Delhi, 2010).