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Religion and Rationality: Essays on Reason, God and Modernity

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Overview

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.

The MIT Press

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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

The MIT Press

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Meet the Author

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 scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The German Idealism of the Jewish Philosophers 37
2 On the Difficulty of Saying No 60
3 Transcendence from Within, Transcendence in this World 67
4 To Seek to Salvage an Unconditional Meaning Without God is a Futile Undertaking: Reflections on a Remarks of Max Horkheimer 95
5 Communicative Freedom and Negative Theology: Questions for Michael Theunissen 110
6 Israel or Athens: Where does Anamnestic Reason Belong? Johannes Baptist Metz on Unity amidst Multicultural Plurality 129
7 Tracing the Other of History in History: Gershom Scholem's Sabbati Sevi 139
8 A Conversation About God and the World: Interview with Eduardo Mendieta 147
Index 168
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