The Axial Age, social evolution, and postsecular consciousness

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This article focuses on Karl Jaspers’s notion of the Axial Age, some of its critical appropriation, and how in particular Habermas has returned to this idea, after several critical engagements with Jaspers’s work through his long scholarly productivity. The article, however, centers on Habermas’s selective and critical use of Jaspers’s notion in his own latest and extensive engagement with what he calls “a genealogy of postmetaphysical thinking.” The goal of the article is to identify the ways in which Habermas is refurbishing Jaspers’s generative concept, but at the same time, how his work on postsecular consciousness opens itself to some liabilities by not taking enough distance from the concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-308
Number of pages20
JournalCritical Research on Religion
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies


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