Workshop on Religion, the Public Sphere and World Society

October 22-25, 2009

Involving scholars from the disciplines of sociology, philosophy and political science, this workshop engages with Jürgen Habermas's most recent work on secularization. The issues addressed include: the failures of traditional secularization theory to contemplate multiple avenues to modernity; the challenge posed by religion to liberal, democratic, rule-of-law based societies; and the development of a post-secular understanding of reason. Paper topics range from post-metaphysical thinking on religion to legal and constitutional questions about the role of religion in the public sphere.