Renowned scholar examines secular state in public lecture
Professor Mark Csikszentmihalyi, Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California at Berkeley, delivered a public lecture entitled “Secular State” as part of the “How to Build Smart Society” series on 29 May. The lecture was co-organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Department of History and the Modern History Research Centre.
In his lecture, Professor Csikszentmihalyi looked into the development of ideas of secular states in China, including how the states regulated religious practices in ancient China, the reflection of the states’ regulations and the relationship between the states and religions. He also provided a normative claim that the values behind a secular state should be articulated in order to allow people to clearly examine how religion and a secular state developed. These explorations hint at how people organise social efficiency against the backdrop of a smart society.