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date: 29 February 2020

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The German philosopher and social theorist Jürgen Habermas has shifted his position of defending secularism to now defending postsecularism This chapter describes Habermas’s usage of the terms “secularity,” “secularism,” and “postsecularism” and explains how Habermas’s usage of these three terms is best understood in relation to his philosophical theory of communicative rationality. The shift from secularism to postsecularism is based on the fact that the latter allows for better communication between religious believers and nonreligious citizens in the globalized world of the twenty-first century. Habermas argues that the secular academy has responsibilities toward the positive aspects of religious faith as well as the negative aspects found in religious fundamentalism and religious-based violence.

Keywords: Habermas, secularism, communicative rationality, secularization, postsecularism, religious faith, religious fundamentalism

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