Thursday, February 28, 2019

5:00 to 7:00 PM

UBC | C.K. Choi Building
Room 120 | 1855 West Mall

UBC C.K. Choi Building

Lecture: Ambedkar’s Idea of Religion, with Dr. Valerian Rodrigues

About this event

Much of the existing scholarship on Ambedkar’s idea of religion has focused on his critique of Hinduism and on his distinct approach and endorsement of Buddhism. While such a critique and endorsement are a significant part of his oeuvre they are premised on a wider recognition of the role and place of religion, or, better still, a distinct notion of religion. Dr. Ambedkar considers such an idea of religion foundational to the constitution of one’s self as well as social life. Without foregrounding it, public life grounded on principles is not viable. Such an idea of religion leads him to develop not merely a sociological but theological critique of Christianity and Islam, leave alone that of Hinduism. His reading of Buddhism is inextricably bound with this idea. This lecture explores the idea of religion that informs Ambedkar’s writings and assesses its relevance for a deeply plural society.

About the Speaker

Dr. Valerian Rodrigues is Ambedkar Chair at Ambedkar University Delhi, and currently a Visiting Professor at Simon Fraser University.

Co-sponsored by UBC’s Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society (何鴻毅家族基金佛學與當代社會課程)