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Beyond The Secular? Public Reason And The Search For A Concept Of Postsecular Legitimacy

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This chapter focuses on one of the problems which a credible public philosophical account of the postsecular would have to address: offering a cogent account of a postsecular legitimacy that would make it possible to have a postsecular public philosophy, separate from a secular one. It analyses the reasons why the usual straw man of postsecularist theories, public reason liberalism as exemplified by John Rawls and Robert Audi, seems to be deficient. Public reason liberalism relies on the view that legitimacy is an all-or-nothing affair, and is moreover governed by general rules which rigidly exclude the religious from public justification. The chapter show this by parading with the Radical Orthodoxy movement some of the theorists who have been the most ardent prophets of a 'postsecular city'. It addresses the question what a plausible account of a postsecular legitimacy could look like.

Keywords: postsecular legitimacy; public reason liberalism; radical orthodoxy movement



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