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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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Jürgen Habermas’s Innovation Model

Jürgen Habermas’s Innovation Model

Bringing Justice into the Domain of Politics

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The Disclosure of Politics

María Pía Lara

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines Jürgen Habermas' sociological and historical-political writings about secularization and the public sphere and shows how they can be framed as his version of conceptual history. It argues that his formulation of a new political concept of justice as social inclusion can be interpreted as a disclosive model of new political relationships. It discusses some of his more recent essays about translating religious contents into the public sphere, in which he addresses issues that are dealt with in this volume. It also analyzes his efforts to radicalize his ideas about social inclusion through a process called the desecularization of the informal public sphere. Finally, the chapter argues that we should put aside the problematic questions of translation and return to some of Habermas' insights about the public sphere in order to construct better strategies with which to critique the powerful political myths that have been articulated against religious minorities, such as “the clash of civilizations” and “fundamentalist religions”.

Keywords:   Jürgen Habermas, secularization, conceptual history, justice, social inclusion, religion, public sphere

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