Towards post-secular enlightenment

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    Abstract

    This chapter introduces the theme of postsecular Enlightenment. It does so by arguing that we need to reverse the anti-spiritual bias of the European Enlightenment and to apply reason to both the reform of human affairs and to human spiritual performances. Specifically, I argue that the Enlightenment’s critique of religion is flawed and leads to a misguided exclusion of spirituality from serious concerns. I then evaluate and reject postreligion as a possible response to the inadequacies of both secularism and religion on the grounds that it lacks the relevant organizational specificity. Finally, I have offer an initial draft of a postsecular approach to contemporary governance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSecularisations and their debates
    Subtitle of host publication Perspectives on the return of religion in the contemporary west
    EditorsMatthew Sharpe, Dylan Nickelson
    Place of PublicationDordrecht, Germany
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
    Chapter12
    Pages217-232
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9789400771161
    ISBN (Print)9789400771154
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NameSophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
    Volume5

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