Rethinking Secularism: The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

On 22 October 2012 Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Judith Butler and Cornel West met in the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union to discuss “Rethinking Secularism.” In this symposium convened by the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, the Social Science Research Council and the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University, they presented their accounts of religion in the public sphere.

  • Jürgen Habermas: “‘The Political’ – The Rational Sense of a Questionable Inheritance of Political Theology“
  • Charles Taylor: “Why We Need a Radical Redefinition of Secularism”
  • Judith Butler: “Is Judaism Zionism? Religious Sources for the Critique of Violence”
  • Cornel West: “Prophetic Religion and the Future of Capitalist Civilization”

You can listen to their very inspiring and challenging contributions on The Immanent Frame HERE and join the online discussion HERE.

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