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Nicholas Wolterstorff and Terence Cuneo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.001.0001

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Habermas on Religion and Postmetaphysical Philosophy in Political Discourse

Habermas on Religion and Postmetaphysical Philosophy in Political Discourse

(p.353) 15 Habermas on Religion and Postmetaphysical Philosophy in Political Discourse
Understanding Liberal Democracy

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Terence Cuneo

Oxford University Press

Among the most prominent themes in the publications of Jürgen Habermas over the past decade is that of the inter-relations among religion, postmetaphysical philosophy, and political discourse. The topic of postmetaphysical philosophy goes back a long way in Habermas’ writings. What is new is Habermas’ preoccupation with the relation of such philosophy to religion and with the relation of both of these to political discourse. This essay is a critical engagement with Habermas on this last point – the role he proposes for religion and postmetaphysical philosophy in political discourse.

Keywords:   axial age, Kant-rationality, postmetaphysical philosophy, principles of common sense, rationality, secularization

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