October 19th, 2011 | For more on this event, please visit: bit.ly/rfP5Kd
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs | Georgetown University
In this Berkley Center lecture, the philosopher Jürgen Habermas explores the evolution of myth and ritual, and their enduring significance for human societies, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
Jürgen Habermas, a German philosopher, is among the world's leading public intellectuals. His scholarship explores connections between reason, modernity, and the public sphere. Habermas is the author of numerous influential works, including The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (1962), The Theory of Communicative Action (1981), and Between Facts and Norms (1996), in addition to many widely-cited essay collections. A recipient of many awards, Habermas has actively participated in public controversies linked with the crisis of the welfare state, the future of democracy, the challenges of biotechnology, and the legacies of Germany's Nazi past. Over the past decade he has increasingly addressed issues related to religion in post-secular societies. Habermas' conversation with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was published as The Dialectics of Secularization (2007).