Ulrike Spohn

Ulrike Spohn is a lecturer in political theory at the department of political science at the University of Münster, Germany. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Münster in 2016. In her dissertation, which was published by Campus in the same year, she drew on Charles Taylor's writings about secularism and on postcolonial perspectives to criticize concepts of public reason advanced in liberal political theory. Her research interests include political theory and social theory with a special focus on questions concerning religion and politics, modernity, cultural diversity, and postcolonial constellations.

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Monday, December 12th, 2016

Radical Secularization?

Radical Secularization?In a discussion in the German press about the displacement of continental philosophy in Europe by the increasingly triumphant advance of analytical philosophy, Charles Taylor warned against ideals of purity in philosophy. He argued that questions concerning the philosophy of religion, political philosophy, and philosophical anthropology cannot adequately be addressed within the sterile categories of a self-sufficient philosophy. Rather, they require hermeneutic engagement with the social sciences and the humanities.

The book Radical Secularization? An Inquiry into the Religious Roots of Secular Culture, edited by Stijn Latré, Walter Van Herck and Guido Vanheeswijck, shows such courage towards “impurity,” making it a particularly stimulating new contribution to the current debates about secularization and the role of religion in contemporary secular societies. Its focus is on the genealogy of secularization, and the title “Radical Secularization” refers to both the roots, or radices, of secularization and the end of secularization—where “end” could either mean that the process of secularization has been completed or, conversely, that it has been stopped by the “return of religion.”

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