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International meeting in Vienna for the international research project “Four Disjunctions: Church Renewal in a Secular Age”

On June 8 and 9, Saint Paul University professors Sophie Cloutier and Louis Perron participated in a coordination conference for the international research project “Four Disjunctions: Church Renewal in a Secular Age.” This project, which is being carried out by the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (Washington, DC), is co-directed by Fr. George McLean, OMI, director of the Council, and by Charles Taylor and José Casanova. 

The aim of this ambitious project, which is based on Taylor’s foundational work, A Secular Age, is to help to create connections between the Church and today’s world. It brings together multidisciplinary teams of researchers from North America, Europe and Asia.

Around twenty representatives of these teams attended the meeting in Vienna. Professors Cloutier and Perron direct the SPU team, which will focus on the question of secularism in the Québec context. Their project, which is linked to the Centre for Public Ethics and Governance, was warmly received when they presented it. The SPU team joined the project in Fall 2012 and was at the second coordination meeting held last December in Washington.

In addition to SPU Professors Cloutier and Perron, Professors Shukla, Blais, Beauvais, Meunier (University of Ottawa) and student Anthony Osuji are part of the project.

 Professors Cloutier and Perron in Vienna

For more information, please contact:

Louis Perron
Professor, Public Ethics and Philosophy
613-236-1393, ext. 2453

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