The Religious-Secular Binary as a Space of Pluralism
Please join us for the Annual Harold A. and Doris G. Durfee Lecture. This year's guest speaker is Slavica Jakelic, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Thought, Valparaiso University, and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia.
Buddhism appeals to many secular Westerners because it seems naturalistic, e.g., friendly to secular philosophy, secular values and science. But is this so? Can we make sense of Buddhism apart from such notions as karma, rebirth, nirvana, no-self, and emptiness and, if not, can these notions be tamed and naturalized?