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The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere represents a rare opportunity to experience a diverse group of preeminent philosophers confronting one pervasive contemporary concern: what role doesùor shouldùreligion play in our public lives? Reflecting on her recent work concerning state violence in Israel-Palestine, Judith Butler explores the potential of religious perspectives for renewing cultural and political criticism, while Jnrgen Habermas, best known for his seminal conception of the public sphere, thinks through the ambiguous legacy of the concept of "the political" in contemporary theory. Charles Taylor argues for a radical redefinition of secularism, and Cornel West defends civil disobedience and emancipatory theology. Eduardo Mendieta and Jonathan Vanantwerpen detail the immense contribution of these philosophers to contemporary social and political theory, and an afterword by Craig Calhoun places these attempts to reconceive the significance of both religion and the secular in the context of contemporary national and international politics. Eduardo Mendieta is professor of philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Jonathan Vanantwerpen is director of the program on religion and the public sphere at the Social Science Research council, a visiting scholar at New York University's institute for Public Knowledge. Craig Calhoun is president of the Social Science Research Council and University Professor of the Social Sciences at new York University.
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