Religion and Rationality: Essays on Reason, God and Modernity

Paperback | June 21, 2002

byJürgen Habermas

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This important new volume brings together Jürgen Habermas's key writings on religion and religious belief. In these essays, Habermas explores the relations between Christian and Jewish thought, on one hand, and the Western philosophical tradition on the other. He often approaches these issues through critical encounters with the work of others, including Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Johann Baptist Metz, and Gershom Scholem.In an introduction written especially for this volume, Eduardo Mendieta places Habermas's engagement with religion in the context of his work as a whole. Mendieta also discusses Habermas's writings in relation to Jewish Messianism and the Frankfurt School, showing how these essays reflect an important yet often neglected dimension of critical theory. The volume concludes with an original extended interview that examines Habermas's current views on religion and modern society.

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This important new volume brings together Jürgen Habermas's key writings on religion and religious belief. In these essays, Habermas explores the relations between Christian and Jewish thought, on one hand, and the Western philosophical tradition on the other. He often approaches these issues through critical encounters with the work o...

Jürgen Habermas is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt and Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. He was recently awarded the 2004 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy by the Inamori Foundation. The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:June 21, 2002Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262582163

ISBN - 13:9780262582162

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"An illuminating collection of Habermas's writings on religious themes.... The anthology concludes with a fascinating interview in which the philosopher systematically clarifies his views on a variety of religious areas." Richard Wolin The Chronicle of Higher Education's Chronicle Review