The Axial Age, social evolution, and postsecular consciousness

This article focuses on Karl Jaspers's notion of the Axial Age, some of its critical appropriation, and how in particular Habermas has returned to this idea, after several critical engagements with Jaspers's work through his long scholarly productivity. The article, however, centers on Hab...

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Published in:Critical research on religion
Main Author: Mendieta, Eduardo 1963-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Sage [2018]
In:Critical research on religion
Year: 2018, Volume: 6, Issue: 3, Pages: 289-308
Further subjects:B Cultural history
B Modernity
B evolutionary history
B Axial Age
B postmetaphysical
B Postsecular
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Summary:This article focuses on Karl Jaspers's notion of the Axial Age, some of its critical appropriation, and how in particular Habermas has returned to this idea, after several critical engagements with Jaspers's work through his long scholarly productivity. The article, however, centers on Habermas's selective and critical use of Jaspers's notion in his own latest and extensive engagement with what he calls "a genealogy of postmetaphysical thinking." The goal of the article is to identify the ways in which Habermas is refurbishing Jaspers's generative concept, but at the same time, how his work on postsecular consciousness opens itself to some liabilities by not taking enough distance from the concept.
ISSN:2050-3040
Contains:Enthalten in: Critical research on religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1177/2050303218800379