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An Awareness of What Is Missing: Faith and Reason in a Post-Secular Age

Jurgen Habermas

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96 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.6in. x 0.5in.In his recent writings on religion and secularization, Habermas has challenged reason to clarify its relation to religious experience and to engage religions in a constructive dialogue. Given the global challenges facing humanity, nothing is more dangerous than the refusal to communicate that we encounter today in different forms of religious and ideological fundamentalism. Habermas argues that in order to engage in this dialogue, two conditions must be met: religion must accept the authority of secular reason as the fallible results of the sciences and the universalistic egalitarianism in law and morality; and conversely, secular reason must not set itself up as the judge concerning truths of faith. This argument was developed in part as a reaction to the conception of the relation between faith and reason formulated by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2006 Regensburg address. In 2007 Habermas conducted a debate, under the title An Awareness of What Is Missing, with philosophers from the Jesuit School for Philosophy in Munich. This volume includes Habermass essay, the contributions of his interlocutors and Habermass reply to them. It will be indispensable reading for anyone who wishes to understand one of the most urgent and intractable issues of our time. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780745647203

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Title: An Awareness of What Is Missing: Faith and ...

Publisher: Polity

Binding: Hardcover

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In his recent writings on religion and secularization, Habermas haschallenged reason to clarify its relation to religious experienceand to engage religions in a constructive dialogue. Given theglobal challenges facing humanity, nothing is more dangerous thanthe refusal to communicate that we encounter today in differentforms of religious and ideological fundamentalism.

Habermas argues that in order to engage in this dialogue, twoconditions must be met: religion must accept the authority ofsecular reason as the fallible results of the sciences and theuniversalistic egalitarianism in law and morality; and conversely,secular reason must not set itself up as the judge concerningtruths of faith. This argument was developed in part as a reactionto the conception of the relation between faith and reasonformulated by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2006 Regensburg address.

In 2007 Habermas conducted a debate, under the title ‘AnAwareness of What Is Missing', with philosophers from the JesuitSchool for Philosophy in Munich. This volume includes Habermas'sessay, the contributions of his interlocutors and Habermas's replyto them. It will be indispensable reading for anyone who wishes tounderstand one of the most urgent and intractable issues of ourtime.

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Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt

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