Towards post-secular enlightenment

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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.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789400771161
ISBN (Print)9789400771154
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameSophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures


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