Public Religions in a Postsecular Era: Habermas and Gandhi on Revisioning the Political

Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2014 (167):49-67 (2014)
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An embedded ideology of the religious-secular binary in its various forms has assumed currency in recent continental and Anglo-American political thought. This ideology highlights the difference between religion under modernization, broadly defined by the secularization thesis, and that of religious revival in a period characterized by postsecularism. It reflects the rise of new epistemologies and the dissolution of the antinomies between faith and reason characteristic of a postsecular culture. A common argument found in these writings is that enlightenment secularization, which relegates the sacred to a private sphere, seems to have discovered its own parochialism as religion continues to provide…

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Vidhu Verma
Jawaharlal Nehru University


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