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Habermas and Religion


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List of Abbreviations vii Editors' Introduction 1 Part I Rationalization, Secularisms, and Modernities

1 Exploring the Postsecular: Three Meanings of "the Secular" and Their Possible Transcendence 27
Jose Casanova

2 The Anxiety of Contingency: Religion in a Secular Age 49
Maria Herrera Lima

3 Is the Postsecular a Return to Political Theology? 72
Maria Pia Lara

4 An Engagement with Jurgen Habermas on Postmetaphysical Philosophy, Religion, and Political Dialogue 92
Nicholas Wolterstorff Part II The Critique of Reason and the Unfinished Project of Enlightenment

5 The Burdens of Modernized Faith and Postmetaphysical Reason in Habermas's "Unfinished Project of
Enlightenment" 115
Thomas McCarthy

6 Having One's Cake and Eating It Too: Habermas's Genealogy of Postsecular Reason 132
Amy Allen

7 Forgetting Isaac: Faith and the Philosophical Impossibility of a Postsecular Society 154
J. M. Bernstein Part III World Society, Global Public Sphere, and Democratic Deliberation

8 A Postsecular Global Order? The Pluralism of Forms of Life and Communicative Freedom 179
James Bohman

9 Global Religion and the Postsecular Challenge 203
Hent de Vries

10 Religion and the Public Sphere: What are the Deliberative Obligations of Democratic Citizenship? 230
Cristina Lafont

11 Violating Neutrality? Religious Validity Claims and Democratic Legitimacy 249
Maeve Cooke Part IV Translating Religion, Communicative Freedom, and Solidarity

12 Sources of Morality in Habermas's Recent Work on Religion and Freedom 277
Matthias Fritsch

13 Solidarity with the Past and the Work of Translation: Reflections on Memory Politics and the Postsecular 301
Max Pensky

14 What Lacks is Feeling: Hume versus Kant and Habermas 322
John Milbank

Reply to My Critics 347
Jurgen Habermas (Translated by Ciaran Cronin)

Appendix: Religion in Habermas's Work 391
Eduardo Mendieta Notes and References 408 Bibliography of Works by Jurgen Habermas 465 Index 471

About the Author

Craig Calhoun is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Eduardo Mendieta is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook. Jonathan VanAntwerpen is Director of the Program on Religion and the Public Sphere at the Social Science Research Council, New York.


"Essential reading for philosophers and sociologists of religionand generally for anyone concerned with religion andpolitics." LSE Review of Books "This groundbreaking book contains a number of penetrating andinsightful essays on Habermas's recent work, and on the meaning ofthe secular and of postsecularism. It will undoubtedly take thedebate on all these issues to a much more rigorous and fruitfullevel. A stellar collection, with papers of a very highquality." Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus, McGill University "In 2001, shortly after 9/11, Jurgen Habermas's address 'Faithand Religion' attracted a great deal of attention. Until that timethe topic of religion had not been a major concern inHabermas s extensive oeuvre but he now began to speak of apostsecular age in which religion becomes a major topic inrethinking modernity and in meeting the challenge of religion inpublic life. This collection includes many of his mostsophisticated interpreters and critics and Habermas, in hischaracteristic dialogical spirit, replies to each of his critics.Anyone seriously interested in the current state of the discussionabout religion and public life will find this collection essentialreading." Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research "Jurgen Habermas has sometimes been called the pope ofEuropean secularism, but in recent years he has written frequentlyand appreciatively about religion without giving up his ownposition. This volume collects a number of very lively responses tothese writings, many of them challenging Habermas in fairly sharpways, and coming from those close to him, like Thomas McCarthy, andfar from him, like John Milbank. The book ends withHabermas s generous but firm response to his critics:altogether a most readable and thought-provoking book." Robert Bellah, Professor Emeritus, University of California,Berkeley

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