Michał Maciej Matlak


PhD candidate in Political Science, European University Institute, San Domenico

Józef Tischner Junior Visiting Fellow
(July – August 2016)


Agnostic Secularism and the Nature of European Integration

This project seeks to understand the nature of European integration by examining the relationship between religion and politics throughout the process. It aims at answering the following question: which forms of secularism have underpinned the process of European integration? Secularism is understood here as a public settlement between politics and religion, that is, we can speak of secularism if religious and political spheres are conceptually distinct. I am arguing that among three forms of secularism present throughout the process (Christian, laicist, and liberal), it was the liberal secularism that dominated it.

Previous stays at the IWM:
Junior Visiting Fellow, September 2014 – January 2015


Hobbesian Catholicism on the Rise in Poland?

The state church might have been a rational choice in England torn by religious wars of sixteenth century, but in twenty-first century Europe it is a dangerous vision for the Church, which risks losing its spiritual authority. Although a schism seems to be very unlikely, a further confessionalization of Polish state is quite probable. The question now is whether Catholic hierarchs in Poland will reject such a dangerous vision, and the lure of symbolic and financial gain, in favor of what is right for society and the Church.
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The Case for Europe: An Interview with Donald Tusk

The fact is that around Europe, and within it too, there’s no lack of enemies of liberal democracy, and it certainly requires constant mobilization and readiness to defend it. But I am much calmer about it. If we take the area surrounding our continent into consideration, liberal democracy is still doing pretty well in Europe.
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