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Habermas on Religion and Postmetaphysical Philosophy in Political Discourse

Nicholas Wolterstorff and Terence Cuneo

in Understanding Liberal Democracy

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558957
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744808 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.003.0016
Habermas on Religion and Postmetaphysical Philosophy in Political Discourse

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Among the most prominent themes in the publications of Jürgen Habermas over the past decade is that of the inter-relations among religion, postmetaphysical philosophy, and political discourse. The topic of postmetaphysical philosophy goes back a long way in Habermas’ writings. What is new is Habermas’ preoccupation with the relation of such philosophy to religion and with the relation of both of these to political discourse. This essay is a critical engagement with Habermas on this last point – the role he proposes for religion and postmetaphysical philosophy in political discourse.

Keywords: axial age; Kant-rationality; postmetaphysical philosophy; principles of common sense; rationality; secularization

Chapter.  9430 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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