Charles Taylor

Permanent Fellow

Institute for Human Sciences

Spittelauer Lände 3
1090 Vienna, Austria
Phone +43 1 313 58 0 

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Research at IWM 

Religion and Secularism

The goal of this research focus is to explore the ways in which globalization impacts the relationship between religion and secularism, thus intertwining the perspectives of different cultures, religions and theoretical backgrounds. The research is structured around five main topics: first, an examination of contemporary forms of belief and, second, of forms of disbelief; third, a study of different secular regimes; fourth, religion’s potential to mobilize people to violence, and, finally, the role of religion in creating social cohesion across gaps of income, ethnicity and nationality.