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The new issue of Prospect features a portrait of the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, one of the most significant and original thinkers writing in English today. The peg for the piece is the publication of Taylor’s new book A Secular Age, which attempts to place modern-day secularism in its contemporary context by tracing its development from the Reformation through the Enlightenment and the Romantic era to the present day—a project which, Taylor suggests, can help us better understand the relationship of contemporary secularism to the modern age.

Taylor is a practising Catholic, and his book can in some way be…

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