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The Post-Secular in QuestionReligion in Contemporary Society$
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Philip Gorski, David Kyuman Kim, John Torpey, and Jonathan VanAntwerpen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738726

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738726.001.0001

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Spiritual Politics and Post-Secular Authenticity

Spiritual Politics and Post-Secular Authenticity

Foucault and Habermas on Post-Metaphysical Religion

(p.307) Chapter Twelve Spiritual Politics and Post-Secular Authenticity
The Post-Secular in Question

Eduardo Mendieta

NYU Press

This chapter defends the claim that the post-secular (post-secularity in general) allows us to gain a more expansive and substantive understanding of subjective reflexivity insofar as a post-secular consciousness and attitude can be the foundation for “post-secular authenticity.” In order to make plausible this claim, the chapter stages a possible dialogue on the question of religion between Jürgen Habermas and Michel Foucault, with Charles Taylor as the moderator. In this dialogue, three fundamental issues frame the question of secularity and post-secularity: the relationship between religion and “the political”; whether the “rationalization” of social institutions means their “secularization”; and the role of the religious in the constitution of modern subjectivities and agency. The chapter concludes by addressing the problem of the religious sources, or religious determinations, of subjective reflexivity.

Keywords:   subjective reflexivity, post-secular authenticity, religion, Jürgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, Charles Taylor, secularity, post-secularity, rationalization, secularization

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