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Veit Bader: Post-secularism or Liberal - democratic constitutionalism?

Monday 9 December 2013, by siawi

www.erasmuslawreview.nl | Erasmus Law Review, Volume 5, Issue 1 (2012)

POST-SECULARISM OR LIBERAL-DEMOCRATIC CONSTITUTIONALISM?

by Veit Bader (Professor emeritus of Social and Political Philosophy and of Sociology, University of Amsterdam.)

[ . . . ] In a descriptive and explanatory perspective, the diagnosis of post-secularism responds to a seemingly inerasable need to capture supposed changes in one catchy phrase, whether it is post-modernism, post- materialism, post-capitalism, post-industrialism or post-histoire. Ironically, many of these post-narratives, presented as the end of grand narratives reproduce grand narratives. From a birds-eye view they construct simplistic dichotomies and clear-cut ruptures between ages or epochs, and paint generalised and homogenised pictures of societies and their inevitable evolution; in short, they reproduce, in Roberto Unger’s terminology, ‘false, structural and evolutionary necessities’, drastically reducing, or even ignoring, historical contingency and societal complexity. [ . . . ].

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