“What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age?” This apparently simple question opens into the massive, provocative, and complex A Secular Age, where Charles Taylor positions secularism as a defining feature of the modern world, not the mere absence of religion, and casts light on the experience of transcendence that scientistic explanations of the world tend to neglect.
In Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age, a prominent and varied group of scholars chart the conversations in which A Secular Age intervenes and address wider questions of secularism and secularity. The distinguished contributors include Robert Bellah, José Casanova, Nilüfer Göle, William E. Connolly, Wendy Brown, Simon During, Colin Jager, Jon Butler, Jonathan Sheehan, Akeel Bilgrami, John Milbank, and Saba Mahmood.
Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age succeeds in conveying to readers the complexity of secularism while serving as an invaluable guide to a landmark book.
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About the Author
Michael Warner is Seymour H. Knox Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. He is the editor of American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King and Fear of a Queer Planet. He also writes for The Nation, The Advocate, The Village Voice, and other periodicals.
Jonathan VanAntwerpen is Director of Communications and Program Director at the Social Science Research Council. He is editor of The Immanent Frame, an SSRC blog on secularism, religion, and the public sphere.
Craig Calhoun is Director of the London School of Economics. His most recent book is The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early Nineteenth-Century Social Movements.
Table of Contents
A Note on Citations vii
Editors' Introduction 1
1 Confronting Modernity: Maruyama Masao, Jürgen Habermas, and Charles Taylor Robert N. Bellah 32
2 A Closer Walk on the Wild Side John Milbank 54
3 The Sacred, the Secular, and the Profane: Charles Taylor and Karl Marx Wendy Brown 83
4 Completing Secularism: The Mundane in the Neoliberal Era Simon During 105
5 Belief, Spirituality, and Time William E. Connolly 126
6 What Is Enchantment? Akeel Bilgrami 145
7 This Detail, This History: Charles Taylor's Romanticism Colin Jager 166
8 Disquieted History in A Secular Age Jon Butler 193
9 When Was Disenchantment? History and the Secular Age Jonathan Sheehan 217
10 The Civilizational, Spatial, and Sexual Powers of the Secular Nilüfer Göle 243
11 A Secular Age: Dawn or Twilight? José Casanova 265
12 Can Secularism Be Other-wise? Saba Mahmood 282
Afterword: Apologia pro Libro suo Charles Taylor 300
Name Index 327
Subject Index 333
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Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age will be crucial in bringing the debate on the secular, in all of its theoretical and practical ramifications, to the next level.
Hent de Vries, author of Minimal Theologies