Awareness of What is Missing: Faith and Reason in a by Jürgen Habermas

By Jürgen Habermas

Publish yr note: First released in 2010
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In his contemporary writings on faith and secularization, Habermas has challenged cause to elucidate its relation to spiritual event and to interact religions in a confident discussion. Given the worldwide demanding situations dealing with humanity, not anything is extra harmful than the refusal to speak that we come upon this day in numerous types of spiritual and ideological fundamentalism.Habermas argues that during order to interact during this discussion, stipulations has to be met: faith needs to settle for the authority of secular cause because the fallible result of the sciences and the universalistic egalitarianism in legislation and morality; and conversely, secular cause mustn't ever set itself up because the pass judgement on relating truths of religion. This argument was once constructed partially as a response to the perception of the relation among religion and cause formulated through Pope Benedict XVI in his 2006 Regensburg address.

In 2007 Habermas performed a debate, less than the name 'An knowledge of what's Missing', with philosophers from the Jesuit university for Philosophy in Munich. This quantity contains Habermas's essay, the contributions of his interlocutors and Habermas's respond to them. will probably be necessary examining for someone who needs to appreciate probably the most pressing and intractable problems with our time.

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Plea for a Broad Understanding of Religion With his concept of the “post-secular,” Habermas has exercised a major influence on the discussion concerning the social significance of religions in recent years. The concept expresses the fact that modern societies not only have to gear themselves to the continued existence of religion, but that religions actively shape social life at different levels and in a variety of forms. Thus religions continue to play an important role even in liberal societies.

Situating Religion Within the Domain of Ethical Worldviews In order to be able to transform our understanding of religion in this way, we need to reflect on the definition of the relation between faith and reason, for Habermas’s reflection on religion turns on this relation, both at the level of ethics and at that of the philosophy of religion. This was already apparent in his Peace Prize speech, though also in his debate with the former Cardinal Ratzinger and in the present contribution. As regards its content, his interpretation of the relation between faith 1 This becomes especially clear in the controversy with Wittgenstein when Habermas remarks critically on the conclusions which can be drawn from a broad concept of religion (which draws on Wittgenstein): “The semantic closure of incommensurable language games grants esoteric doctrines equal status alongside religions and natural scientific theories” (Habermas 2007b, p.

This was already apparent in his Peace Prize speech, though also in his debate with the former Cardinal Ratzinger and in the present contribution. As regards its content, his interpretation of the relation between faith 1 This becomes especially clear in the controversy with Wittgenstein when Habermas remarks critically on the conclusions which can be drawn from a broad concept of religion (which draws on Wittgenstein): “The semantic closure of incommensurable language games grants esoteric doctrines equal status alongside religions and natural scientific theories” (Habermas 2007b, p.

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