The Sacrality Of The Secular (eBook)
Postmodern Philosophy Of Religion
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Through a bold and historically rooted vision for the theory and method of philosophy of religion,The Sacrality of the Secular maps new and compelling possibilities for a nonsecularist secularity. In recent decades, philosophers in the continental tradition have taken a notable interest in the return of religion, a departure from the supposedly secular period spanning from the Enlightenment to existentialism. At the same time, anthropologists and sociologists of religion have rejected the once-dominant secularization thesis, which both prescribed and described the demise of religion in modern societies.
InThe Sacrality of the Secular, Bradley B. Onishi connects these lines of thought to reconsider the role of philosophy of religion in an age whose secularity is more ambiguous than it might seem. He demonstrates that philosophys entanglement with religion has led, perhaps counterintuitively, to vibrant reconceptions of the secular. Through rich readings of Heidegger, Bataille, and others, he shows that the tradition drew on religious phenomena as resources for conceiving the secular well before the unraveling of the secularization thesis or the turn to religion. Onishi traces the legacy of religion and postmodernism, considering Mark Taylor and other contemporary North American figures to rethink what the philosophy of religion contributes to the academic study of religion. Through critical analysis of the ideological foundations of secularism and Max Webers notion of the disenchantment of the world, Onishi reveals how continental philosophys religious investigations have enabled critical reflections on the category of the secular.