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The Postsecular Political Philosophy of Jürgen Habermas

Translating the Sacred

Author(s): Dafydd Huw Rees

Language: English

Genre(s): Philosophy

Series: Political Philosophy Now

September 2018256 pages

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About The Book

Jürgen Habermas is arguably the world’s most influential living philosopher – by introducing ideas such as the public sphere, constitutional patriotism, and the discourse theory of law and democracy, he has transformed modern political philosophy. But since 2001, Habermas’s thought has taken an unexpected turn. This book is the first full-length treatment of Habermas’s postsecular political philosophy, and critically analyses his new direction of thought. The author places the postsecular turn in the context of Habermas’s long-standing commitment to developing a postmetaphysical account of morality, politics and human communication. The tension between secular liberal democracy and religious freedom is real, but there may be losses as well as gains to Habermas’s quest to translate the sacred.


List of Tables
Introduction – At the Paulskirche
1. Sacred and Profane
2. Religion and Postmetaphysical Thinking
3. The Anthropic Problem
4. Rawls, Habermas and the Critique of Secularism
5. Postsecular Deliberative Democracy
6. Pyrrhic Translation
Conclusion – Ethics and Metaphysics

About the Author(s)

Dafydd Huw Rees

Dafydd Huw Rees is a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol University teacher in Philosophy at Cardiff University, developing philosophy teaching and research in Welsh.

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