The Disclosure of Politics: Struggles Over the Semantics of Secularization

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byMaria Pia Lara

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María Pía Lara explores the ambiguity of secularization and the theoretical potential of a structural break between politics and religion. For Lara, secularization means the translation of religious semantics into politics; a transformation of religious notions into political ideas; and the reoccupation of a space left void by changing political actors, one that gives rise to new conceptions of political interaction. Conceptual innovation redefines politics as a horizontal relationship between governments and the governed, better enabling societies (and political actors) to articulate meaning through action.

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María Pía Lara explores the ambiguity of secularization and the theoretical potential of a structural break between politics and religion. For Lara, secularization means the translation of religious semantics into politics; a transformation of religious notions into political ideas; and the reoccupation of a space left void by changing...

María Pía Lara teaches moral and political philosophy at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. She is a renowned and influential public intellectual and has published many articles on the subjects of critical theory, moral philosophy, and politics. She is also the author of Narrating Evil: A Postmetaphysical Theory o...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 17, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023153504X

ISBN - 13:9780231535045

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Semantics of Conceptual Change: The Emergence of the Concept of Emancipation
2. The Model of Translation: From Religion to Politics
3. Hans Blumenberg's Reoccupational Model: Conceptual Transformation
4. Blumenberg's Second Model: The Persistence of Mythical Narratives
5. Hannah Arendt's Model of the Autonomy of Politics: Semantic Innovation Through Religious Disclosure
6. Reinhart Koselleck's Model of Secularization: The Enlightenment as Problematic
7. Jürgen Habermas's Innovation Model: Bringing Justice Into the Domain of Politics
8. The Disclosure of Politics Revisited
Bibliography
Index

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The Disclosure of Politics is itself disclosive. Counterbalancing the current focus on religion as a semantic resource for politics, María Pía Lara shows how political theory and action contribute to the development of powerful political concepts such as publicity, emancipation, and democracy and enables us to see the importance of conceptual innovation in bringing about social change for the better.