Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age

Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age

By Michael Warner (Editor); Jonathan VanAntwerpen (Editor); Craig Calhoun (Editor)

Harvard University Press, Hardcover, 9780674048577, 337pp.

Publication Date: March 2010


What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? This apparently simple question opens into the massive, provocative, and complex "A Secular Age," where Charles Taylor positions secularism as a defining feature of the modern world, not the mere absence of religion, and casts light on the experience of transcendence that scientistic explanations of the world tend to neglect.

In "Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age," a prominent and varied group of scholars chart the conversations in which "A Secular Age" intervenes and address wider questions of secularism and secularity. The distinguished contributors include Robert Bellah, Jose Casanova, Nilufer Gole, William E. Connolly, Wendy Brown, Simon During, Colin Jager, Jon Butler, Jonathan Sheehan, Akeel Bilgrami, John Milbank, and Saba Mahmood.

"Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age" succeeds in conveying to readers the complexity of secularism while serving as an invaluable guide to a landmark book.

About the Author
Michael Warner is Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of "The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life" and "The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America".

Jonathan VanAntwerpen is Director of Communications and Program Director at the Social Science Research Council. He is editor of The Immanent Frame, an SSRC blog on secularism, religion, and the public sphere.

Craig Calhoun is Director of the London School of Economics and Global Distinguished Professor of Sociology at New York University. His most recent book is The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early Nineteenth-Century Social Movements.