Genealogies of the secular: the making of modern German thought

Genealogy trouble: secularization and the levelling of theory / Kirk Wetters -- Modernity and its cryptotheologies: a Jewish perspective / Agata Bielik-Robson -- The "distance to revelation" and the difference between divine and worldly order: Walter Benjamin's critique of secularizat...

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Contributors: Styfhals, Willem 1988- (herausgeberin, Editor); Symons, Stéphane 1981- (herausgeberin, Editor)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Albany, NY SUNY Press [2019]
Volumes / Articles:Show volumes/articles.
Series/Journal:SUNY series in theology and continental thought
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Germany / Secularism / Intellectual history 1900-2018
B Germany / Secularization / Intellectual history 1900-2018
Further subjects:B Secularism (Germany) History
B Collection of essays
B Postsecularism (Germany) History
B Secularization (Theology) History
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Summary:Genealogy trouble: secularization and the levelling of theory / Kirk Wetters -- Modernity and its cryptotheologies: a Jewish perspective / Agata Bielik-Robson -- The "distance to revelation" and the difference between divine and worldly order: Walter Benjamin's critique of secularization as historical development / Sigrid Weigel -- Theology and politics: Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger before, in and after the Davos debate / Jeffrey Andrew Barash -- Is progress a category of consolation? Kant, Blumenberg, and the politics of the moderns / Michaël Foessel -- Hannah Arendt, secularization theory, and the politics of secularism / Samuel Moyn -- Secularization and the symbols of democracy: Jacob Taubes's critique of Carl Schmitt / Martin Treml -- On the symbolic order of modern democracy / Jacob Taubes -- In Paul's mask: Jacob Taubes reads Walter Benjamin / Sigrid Weigel -- Secularization and theologization: introduction to Jan Assmann's monotheism / Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins -- Monotheism / Jan Assmann.
"While the concept of secularization is traditionally used to define the nature of modern culture, and sometimes to uncover the theological origins of secular modernity, its validity is being questioned ever more radically today. Genealogies of the Secular returns to the historical, intellectual, and philosophical roots of this concept in the twentieth-century German debates on religion and modernity, and presents a wide range of strategies that German thinkers have applied to apprehend the connection between religion and secularism. In fundamentally heterogeneous ways, these strategies all developed "genealogies of the secular" by tracing modern phenomena back to their religious or theological roots. This book aims to disclose the complex prehistory of the contemporary debates on political theology and postsecularism, and to show how prominent thinkers continue this German tradition today. It explores and assesses the classic theories of secularization that are epitomized in Carl Schmitt's writings on political theology and in Löwith-Blumenberg debate, but also addresses German philosophers whose work has been rarely associated with secularization (Walter Benjamin, Ernst Cassirer, Martin Heidegger, Immanuel Kant, and Hannah Arendt) but who have been concerned nonetheless with the complex relations between religion and modernity. In addition, special attention is paid to two thinkers whose role in these discourses has not been fully explored yet: Jacob Taubes and Jan Assmann. In addition introducing their thinking on religion, politics and secularization, the book also makes two of their own key texts available to an English-language readership"--
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:143847640X