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Dialectical Critique And Secularism: Hegel And The Dialectic Of Enlightenment, Jerilyn Kristel Sambrooke Jan 2011

Dialectical Critique And Secularism: Hegel And The Dialectic Of Enlightenment, Jerilyn Kristel Sambrooke

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The secularization thesis, which posits that religion's influence declines as a society modernizes, has fallen upon hard times. Its critics argue that the religious does not simply oppose the secular. Critical theory has a particularly vexed relationship with religion, and theorists are rethinking religion within this tradition. This thesis argues that critiques of the secular have played a significant role in the development of critical theory. A reading of Hegel's dialectic of faith and enlightenment in the Phenomenology of Spirit demonstrates its deep influence on Horkheimer and Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment, a central text of the critical ...