The Politics of Postsecular Religion

The Politics of Postsecular Religion

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Abeysekara contends that democracy--along with its cherished secular norms--is founded on the idea of a promise deferred to the future. The belief that ethnic-political identities--such as Buddhist, Hindu, Sinhalese, and Tamil--can be critiqued, neutralized, improved, and changed, even if they remain inseparable from their genocidal pasts, is rooted in democracy's messianic promise. Abeysekara compels us to consider our ethical-political legacies not as qproblemsq but as qaporiasq in the Derridean sense--contradictions or impasses that cannot be resolved. Abeysekara locates distinct aporias in our modernity and situates them in the places and cultures of America, France, England, Sri Lanka, India, and Tibet. He presents concrete examples of religion in public life and calls into question the projects of refashioning the aporetic premises of liberalism and secularism.Bernard Cohn, An Anthropologist Among the Historians and Other Essays (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1987). Again, Ismaila#39;s Abiding by Sri ... John Locke, a€œAn Essay on Toleration, a€ in Locke: Political Essays, ed. Mark Goldie (Cambridge:anbsp;...

Title:The Politics of Postsecular Religion
Author: Ananda Abeysekara
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2012-06-19

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