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...topical and timely.

(European Legacy)

The book as a whole is an enjoyable read that raises many questions from several perspectives. Each author takes a different stance, followed by a discussion section for their interactions and disputes.

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Very cogent and deftly argued.

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About the Author

Judith Butler is the Maxine Eliot Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and ComparativeLiterature at the University of California at Berkeley. Her books include Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death, and Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France.

Jürgen Habermas is a German philosopher and sociologist. His recent works include The Future of Human Nature, The Divided West, and Between Naturalism and Religion: Philosophical Essays.

Charles Taylor is a Canadian philosopher and professor emeritus of political science and philosophy at McGill University and a recipient of the Templeton Prize and the Kyoto Prize. His recent books include Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited, Modern Social Imaginaries, and A Secular Age.

Cornel West is Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, where he teaches in the Center for African American studies and the Department of Religion. His recent books include Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism and Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.

Eduardo Mendieta is professor of philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and the author of The Adventures of Transcendental Philosophy and Global Fragments: Globalizations, Latinamericanisms, and Critical Theory.

Jonathan VanAntwerpen is director of the program on religion and the public sphere at the Social Science Research Council, a visiting scholar at New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge, and coeditor of Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age.

Craig Calhoun is president of the Social Science Research Council and University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University. His most recent works are Nations Matter: Culture, History, and the Cosmopolitan Dream and an edited collection titled Robert K. Merton: Sociology of Science and Sociology as Science.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Columbia / SSRC Book
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (March 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231156464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231156462
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan VanAntwerpen is the co-editor of a series of books on secularism and religion. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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First of all, reading this book made me wish I could have been in attendance at the event for which it is the basis. Imagine hearing Charles Taylor, Cornel West, Jurgen Habermas and Judith Butler all lecture on the same day and then discuss back and forth.

Second, the book's brevity is its strength. It helps if you have read these philosophers outside of this book, but even if you haven't, you receive a rather robust introduction to their ideas and their style.

Third, Craig Calhoun does an outstanding job in the afterword of summarizing the arguments. After reading the lectures and debates, and then reading his summary, I have a much clearer view of what religion and its voice looks like in the public sphere. It's really a great little resource.
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When I received this in the mail, I was a little put-off by how small the book was. But the quality of the content won me over: Not only are the essays themselves important and thought provoking, but the editing is amazing. Each pair of essays is situated with a transcript of a debate between the two authors. This encouraged me to think of each essay in relation to the other essays in the book--to compare each take on the role of religion and the purview of the public sphere.
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Very good, broad-minded and deep in general. I can point as jewels: Cornel West descripion af a poet in pag. 93 (complemented in p.98) and its dissection of prophetic religión in pag. 99; tough I do not agree with his opinión that President Obama is mesmerized by the braininess of technocratic elites.
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Not a light read. Some good information but densely written.
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