An Awareness of What is Missing

An Awareness of What is Missing : Faith and Reason in a Post-secular Age

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In his recent writings on religion and secularization, Habermas has challenged reason to clarify its relation to religious experience and to engage religions in a constructive dialogue. Given the global challenges facing humanity, nothing is more dangerous than the refusal to communicate that we encounter today in different forms of religious and ideological fundamentalism.
Habermas argues that in order to engage in this dialogue, two conditions must be met: religion must accept the authority of secular reason as the fallible results of the sciences and the universalistic egalitarianism in law and morality; and conversely, secular reason must not set itself up as the judge concerning truths of faith. This argument was developed in part as a reaction to the conception of the relation between faith and reason formulated by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2006 Regensburg address.


In 2007 Habermas conducted a debate, under the title An Awareness of What Is Missing', with philosophers from the Jesuit School for Philosophy in Munich. This volume includes Habermas's essay, the contributions of his interlocutors and Habermas's reply to them. It will be indispensable reading for anyone who wishes to understand one of the most urgent and intractable issues of our time.
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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 139 x 216 x 7mm | 152g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745647219
  • 9780745647210
  • 182,305

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In his recent writings on religion and secularization, Habermas haschallenged reason to clarify its relation to religious experienceand to engage religions in a constructive dialogue. Given theglobal challenges facing humanity, nothing is more dangerous thanthe refusal to communicate that we encounter today in differentforms of religious and ideological fundamentalism.

Habermas argues that in order to engage in this dialogue, twoconditions must be met: religion must accept the authority ofsecular reason as the fallible results of the sciences and theuniversalistic egalitarianism in law and morality; and conversely, secular reason must not set itself up as the judge concerningtruths of faith. This argument was developed in part as a reactionto the conception of the relation between faith and reasonformulated by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2006 Regensburg address.

In 2007 Habermas conducted a debate, under the title 'AnAwareness of What Is Missing', with philosophers from theJesuit School for Philosophy in Munich. This volume includesHabermas's essay, the contributions of his interlocutors andHabermas's reply to them. It will be indispensable readingfor anyone who wishes to understand one of the most urgent andintractable issues of our time.
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Table of contents

List of Contributors vi


Preface vii


1 Habermas and Religion 1
MICHAEL REDER AND JOSEF SCHMIDT, S. J.


2 An Awareness of What is Missing 15
JUERGEN HABERMAS


3 On the Attempt to Recall a Relationship 24
NORBERT BRIESKORN, S. J.


4 How Far Can Faith and Reason Be Distinguished? 36
MICHAEL REDER


5 Postmetaphysical Reason and Religion 51
FRIEDO RICKEN, S. J.


6 A Dialogue in Which There Can Only Be Winners 59
JOSEF SCHMIDT, S. J.


7 A Reply 72
JUERGEN HABERMAS


References 84
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"Social scientists spent most of the past century trying to work out why the world was failing to live up to their expectations: why was there still so much rural idiocy, and why was religion refusing to go away? No one has brought more intellectual heft to these problems than Jürgen Habermas."
Jonathan Rée, New Humanist
"A very significant contribution to the renewed faith-reason dialogue."
Reviews in Religion and Theology
"The book contains five insightful essays and begins with an excellent overiew of Habermas's new view of religion, its development, and the subsequent discussion."
The Ecumenist
"The value of this slim but suggestive volume lies as much in what it does -- bringing the voices of reason and faith together in respectful debate -- as in what it says. If not more so."
Common Knowledge
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"Social scientists spent most of the past century trying to work out why the world was failing to live up to their expectations: why was there still so much rural idiocy, and why was religion refusing to go away? No one has brought more intellectual heft to these problems than Jurgen Habermas." Jonathan Ree, New Humanist "A very significant contribution to the renewed faith--reason dialogue." Reviews in Religion and Theology "The book contains five insightful essays and begins with an excellent overiew of Habermas's new view of religion, its development, and the subsequent discussion." The Ecumenist "The value of this slim but suggestive volume lies as much in what it does -- bringing the voices of reason and faith together in respectful debate -- as in what it says. If not more so." Common Knowledge
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About Jürgen Habermas

Jurgen Habermas is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt.
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