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Christian SCHMIDT, Université de Leipzig (Allemagne)

Séminaire, Séminaire international

On October 25, 2018


The Bauer Problem. Religious Politics and Liberal Political Order

Christian SCHMIDT
Université de Leipzig (Allemagne)
The Bauer Problem. Religious Politics and Liberal Political Order
Jeudi 25 octobre de 10h30 à 12h
Salle B1, bât. ARSH
In his notorious book The Jewish Question (1843), Bruno Bauer declared the irreconcilability of religious traditions and human emancipation. The book stirred immediately a wide debate within the German Jewish community. In part this was due to the anti-Semitic argument that culminated in the declaration that Judaism is fighting a war of annihilation against humanity and history. But in part, it was also a reaction to the claim that true emancipation presupposes the renunciation of Judaism and all religions. Bauer’s universalistic argument was a forerunner of secularist movements for modernisation. Today it is challenged by authors as distinguished as Michael Walzer and Jürgen Habermas who plead for fostering the integration of religious groups in public discourse. However, those post-secular politics are still haunted by the problem that Bauer posed as I will show in my presentation. 



On October 25, 2018


Complément lieu
Salle B1, bât. ARSH
1281 Av. Centrale, Domaine universitaire de Saint Martin d'Hères

Submitted on July 9, 2019

Updated on November 21, 2019