Is Charles Taylor's _A Secular Age_ a great complement to Habermas' career?
- Though Charles Taylor barely mentions Habermas in the 896 pages (gasp!) of his just-published _A Secular Age_ (Harvard UP), his intellectual history of secularity appears to me (from reading his long, programmatic "Introduction") to be a great, accessible complement to Habermas' moral solidarity with religion in the public sphere---diachronic (Taylor) with synchronic (JH)?
A SECULAR AGE
Writes _Publishers Weekly_ (at Amazon.comI have the book, but quoting PW is reliably easier) "... Challenging the idea that the secular takes hold in a world where religion is experienced as a loss or where religions are subtracted from the culture, Taylor discovers the secular emerging in the midst of the religious." The keynote here is Taylor's animus against a negative dialectic in theory of secularization.
It seems to me that Taylor is seeking to explicate our *historically shared* devotion to finding spiritual/humanistic "fullness" (his central notion, apparently) in life, that binds plural modernizations with the history of religious pluralism in north Atlantic societies (his geographical focus). By seeking to eventually explicate a post-secular fullness of life, he claims a third way between "Belief" and anomic dis-Belief which appears to prospect a common ground for the future of cultural pluralism.
Anyway, Taylor's book is a major contribution to philosophy of modernization. I can't know if I'm exactly right about the complementarity that I'm anticipating, having only read his "Introduction," but I'll find out, eventually.
"getting beyond 'a secular age'"
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