The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

TitleThe Power of Religion in the Public Sphere
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsButler, Judith, Jurgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, and Cornel West
Number of Pages134
PublisherColumbia University Press
CityNew York Chichester, West Sussex
Publication Languageeng
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The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere represents a rare opportunity to experience a diverse group of preeminent philosphers confronting one pervasive contemporary concern; what role does -- or should -- religion play in our public lives? Reflecting on her work concerning state violence in Israel-Palestine, Judith Butler explores the potential of religious perspectives for renewing cultural and political criticism, while Jurgen Taylor argues for a radical redefinition of secularism, and Cornel West defends civil disobedience and emancipatory theology. Eduardo Mendieta and Jonathan Vanantwerpen detail the immense contribution of these philosophers to contemporary social and political theory, and an afterword by Craig Calhoun places these attempts to reconceive the significance of both religion and secular in the context of contemporary national and international politics.