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The Disclosure of PoliticsStruggles Over the Semantics of Secularization$
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Maria Lara

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162807

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162807.001.0001

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Reinhart Koselleck’s Model of Secularization

Reinhart Koselleck’s Model of Secularization

The Enlightenment as Problematic

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The Disclosure of Politics

María Pía Lara

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Reinhart Koselleck's largely negative assessment of the ways in which the problem of politics versus morality has been addressed in Enlightenment thought. Koselleck has written extensively about four categories that pertain to the analysis of the differences between concepts that are religious in origin and the innovative and disclosive conceptions of politics. These categories are: crisis, revolution, critique, and emancipation. The first part of the chapter deals with the concept of crisis, while the second discusses the concept of revolution, critique, and emancipation. The chapter argues that the categories of critique and emancipation are innovative or disclosive; it discusses Koselleck's analysis of what, specifically, they disclose. It shows how those categories have shaped the future of politics and democracy.

Keywords:   Reinhart Koselleck, secularization, politics, religion, morality, Enlightenment, democracy

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