The Postsecular Political Philosophy of Jürgen Habermas

Translating the Sacred

Author(s) Dafydd Rees

Language: English

Genre(s): Philosophy

Series: Political Philosophy Now

  • September 2018 · 256 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786832726
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786832733
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786832740

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.


‘Rees’s monograph is a critical account of Habermas’s writings on religion and the idea of postsecularism in his work. It is comprehensive in scope, rich in texture and replete with insights. Rees’s scholarship and critical engagements with the material are exemplary in their clarity and concision; scholars and students who want to know about Habermas’s late work have reason to read this book.’
- Dr Gordon Finlayson, Centre of Social and Political Thought, University of Sussex


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)

Author(s): Dafydd Rees

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

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