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Hegel Conference

As every six years, the International Hegel Association held its traditional conference, the most prestigious gathering of Hegel scholars from around the world, in Stuttgart from 22 to 25 June 2011. This time the central topic of the conference was Hegel’s idea of freedom in the context of contemporary debates. Axel Honneth, who is, since 2007, the president of International ...

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Honneth on his new book

Axel Honneth talks about his new book: “Die Freiheit, die wir heute geneigt sind häufig ins Zentrum all unserer Aufmerksamkeit zu stellen, die die sich jetzt mal grob als rechtliche Freiheit beschreiben lässt, [ … ] dass wir über die Möglichkeit subjektiver Rechte verfügen, die uns eben die Chance geben, Ansprüche mit Hilfe rechtsstaatlicher Mittel durchzusetzen, dass diese Form der ...

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Jürgen Habermas on ‘jüdische Philosophen in der frühen Bundesrepublik’

Neue Zürcher Zeitung has published Jürgen Habermas’ contribution at a conference on “Jüdische Stimmen im Diskurs der sechziger Jahre“ (June 27-28, 2011). An excerpt: Es bedürfte empirischer Untersuchungen, um die abschliessende Verallgemeinerung zu prüfen, die ich allein auf meine Lebenserfahrung stütze: Nach meinem Eindruck verdankt die politische Kultur der alten Bundesrepublik ihre zögerlichen Fortschritte in der Zivilisierung ihrer Einstellungsmuster zu ...

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Two New Books on Jürgen Habermas

Two New Books on Jürgen Habermas

Jürgen Habermas: Key Concepts ed. by Barbara Fultner Acumen (Feb 2011) Description A rare systematic thinker, Habermas has furthered our understanding of modernity, social interaction and linguistic practice, societal institutions, rationality, morality, the law, globalization, and the role of religion in multicultural societies. He has helped shape discussions of truth, objectivity, normativity, and the relationship between the human and the ...

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Peter Berger on ‘Dialogue Between Religious Traditions in an Age of Relativity’

Peter Berger on ‘Dialogue Between Religious Traditions in an Age of Relativity’

Globalization has dramatically increased communication across religious traditions, raising complex questions about the relative validity of their very different truth claims. Peter Berger of Boston University addresses new patterns of dialogue among religious traditions and their wider cultural and political implications in today’s world. This event occurred on February 16, 2011. The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs ...

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José Casanova on “The Secular, Secularizations, and Secularisms”

José Casanova on “The Secular, Secularizations, and Secularisms”

Jose Casanova, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, speaks on “The Secular, Secularizations, and Secularisms,” on September 15, 2010. Professor Adam Seligman of Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion & World Affairs (CURA) responds. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usANWTEPQWY#] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsNo9q-Zk5E] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oxp9sHNuDc]

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Gregor McLennan on ‘The Postsecular Turn’

There is an interview with Gregor Mclennan at the TCS blog on what has been called “The postsecular Tern”. Here some excerpts: The main problem with arguments about ‘secularism’ is that it is too often equated with atheism, and that’s not right. You can be religious but also secular, and atheist without agreeing, for example, that religious motivation should always ...

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New Book by Jürgen Habermas in English

An Awareness of What is Missing  By Jürgen Habermas Polity- February 2010 Description: 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 ...

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New Interview with Jürgen Habermas on Religion

Tha Immanent Frame has published a new long interview with Jürgen Habermas, conducted by Eduardo Mendieta on the question of religion. Here two excerpts: On the one hand, the system of religion has become more differentiated and has limited itself to pastoral care, that is, it has largely lost other functions. On the other hand, there is no global connection ...

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