Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New book: The Post-Secular in Question

The Post-Secular in Question
Religion in Contemporary Society

Ed. by Philip Gorski, David Kyuman Kim, John Torpey & Jonathan VanAntwerpen

(New York University Press, 2012)

375 pages


The Post-Secular in Question considers whether there has in fact been a religious resurgence of global dimensions in recent decades. This collection of original essays by leading academics represents an interdisciplinary intervention in the continuing and ever-transforming discussion of the role of religion and secularism in today’s world. Foregrounding the most urgent and compelling questions raised by the place of religion in the social sciences, past and present, The Post-Secular in Question restores religion to a more central place in social scientific thinking about the world, helping to move scholarship “beyond unbelief.”


The Post-Secular in Question - Philip S. Gorski

1. What is Religion: Categorical Reconfigurations in a Global Horizon - Richard Madsen

2. Things in their Entanglements - Courtney Bender
3. Recovered Goods: Durkheimian Sociology as Virtue Ethics - Philip S. Gorski
4. "Simple Ideas, Small Miracles": The Obama Phenomenon - Hent de Vries
5. Post-Secular Society: Consumerism and the Democratization of Religion - Bryan S. Turner
6. Secular Liturgies and the Prospects for a "Post-Secular" Sociology of Religion - James K.A. Smith
7. Religion and the University before the Post-Secular Age - Tomoko Masuzawa
Religion and Knowledge in the Post-Secular Academy [pdf] - John Schmalzbauer & Kathleen Mahoney
9. Jürgen Habermas and the Post-Secular Appropriation of Religion - Michele Dillon
10. Religion and Secularization in the United States and Western Europe - John Torpey
Spiritual Politics and Post-Secular Authenticity: Foucault and Habermas on Post-Metaphysical Religion [pdf] - Eduardo Mendieta
12. Time, World, and Secularism - Craig Calhoun.

The essays are based on papers presented at a confence on "Exploring the Post-Secular" at Yale University, April 3-4, 2009.

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