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Redemptive HopeFrom the Age of Enlightenment to the Age of Obama$
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Akiba J. Lerner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267910

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267910.001.0001

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Conclusion: Between Pragmatic and Messianic Hopes

Conclusion: Between Pragmatic and Messianic Hopes

(p.113) Conclusion: Between Pragmatic and Messianic Hopes
Redemptive Hope

Akiba J. Lerner

Fordham University Press

In conclusion, Rorty's secular critique of transcendence may not be reconcilable with religious redemptive narratives that place a greater emphasis on overcoming liberal distinctions between the public and private. In response to Rorty, this book turns to Buber’s account of intersubjective relationships to help fill in many of the gaps created by Rorty’s emphasis on separating public and private discourses from competing within civic debate. Conversely with Buber, however, the danger is that the intoxication of redemptive hope can contribute to the collapse of the civic realm into personal identity commitments. The book concludes with a plea for the importance of learning to appreciate the necessary dialogue between religious and secular hopes. This alternative redemptive narrative is based on avoiding notions of redemption that seek to end history and conversations and, instead, looks to the dialectical tensions between liberalism and religion as necessary for maintaining a vital dialogue within democratic culture.

Keywords:   dialogue, education, everydayness, radical hope, secularism, transcendence, wholeness

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