Introduction The Metaphysics of Secularism

in Secularism in Antebellum America

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780226533230
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226533254 | DOI:
Introduction The Metaphysics of Secularism

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the history of secularism in antebellum American. This volume tells a story about the feelings, epistemic moves, and habits that made the nova effect a living possibility. It argues that the secular imaginary occurred at the levels of emotion and mood and shows that the “true religion” known and practiced by a significant number of antebellum Americans was anything but natural. This volume also describes the way which true religion carried a normative sociality to which individuals aligned themselves.

Keywords: secularism; antebellum America; epistemic moves; nova effect; true religion; normative sociality

Chapter.  21529 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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