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La crise de la laïcité et la philosophie

Abstract : When it comes to studying the problems of secularism today, philosophers are not the most competent of individuals for doing so. They can, however, study the idea of secularism in itself in order to avoid overly severe divisions that result in misunderstandings in the use of concepts. Secularism is a response to current nihilism, but it cannot be a pure criticism of religion. Religion is not a purely private matter. Moreover, secularism is greater than any particular historical achievement. Not only is secularism evolving, but one must accept the great diversity of its possible expression depending on the situation. Secularism should not be an act of excluding certain people; it must also be a space of expression for religions. Interreligious dialogue and reciprocal recognition between the state and religion make secularism possible, which is the foundation of the unity of a people. Philosophers cannot eliminate all of the difficulties involved, but they can bring them to light.
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Emmanuel Housset. La crise de la laïcité et la philosophie. Vie sociale, ERES 2018, Laïcité et travail social. Du principe aux pratiques, 1 (21), pp.55-68. ⟨10.3917/vsoc.181.0055⟩. ⟨hal-02147561⟩



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