Warrender Lecture 2016 with Cécile Laborde, FBA Cecile Laborde
(Professor of Political Theory)

“Is Liberalism Secular?”

In this talk, Cécile Laborde asks whether liberal legitimacy requires secularism – or separation between state and religion -, and which. She argues that the best way to answer this question is to ‘disaggregate’ religion into four constituent elements; and argues that the liberal state is secular in four distinct senses. The aim is to identify a universal minimal secularism, one not tied to a particular western history of secularization, yet one that meets basic liberal democratic desiderata.

About the Speaker:

Cécile Laborde is Professor of Political Theory at University College London and a Fellow of the British Academy. She has held visiting positions in Paris and Princeton. She has published extensively in the areas of republicanism and toleration, theories of law and the state, and global justice. She has published 4 books and has written articles in major journals of political science and political theory.

Her last book is Critical Republicanism. The Hijab Controversy in Political Philosophy (Oxford University Press 2008). In 2011, Laborde was awarded an ERC grant for a 5-year project on ‘Is Religion Special?’. She is the Director of UCL’s Religion and Political Theory Centre. She is currently writing a book for Harvard University Press, entitled Liberalism’s Religion.

Wednesday 19th October 2016, 16.00-18.00

Elmfield, Lecture Theatre 1