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Jeremy Ahearne

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312458

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316081

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Laicity: Architects and Interpreters

Laicity: Architects and Interpreters

(p.53) Chapter Three Laicity: Architects and Interpreters
Intellectuals, Culture and Public Policy in France
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the emergence of laicity as a central policy issue in France during the Fifth Republic. It also looks at the prominent intellectuals who played a role in this process: Condorcet, Edgar Quinet and Ferdinand Buisson. The chapter examines their respective roles in the conceptualization of laicity, its adjectival determination and its elevation into a substantive political principle.

Keywords:   laicity, France, Condorcet, Edgar Quinet, Ferdinand Buisson

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