Religious Reasons in the Public Sphere: A Challenge to Habermas

Philosophy and Theology 31 (1):121-143 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Habermas argues that religious reasons can enter the public sphere so long as they undergo a translation that meets the standards of public reason. I argue that such a translation may be either unnecessary or impossible. Habermas does not sufficiently consider the possibility that religious reasons are already publicly accessible such that there no translation is required. Moreover, Habermas entirely fails to consider the possibility that, if he is right about religious reasons not being publicly accessible, these reasons may be of a kind such that they cannot be translated into a publicly accessible idiom as he supposes they can be.

Author's Profile

Joshua Duclos
St. Paul's School (NH)


Added to PP

122 (#65,865)

6 months
44 (#48,338)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?