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Thinking with BalibarA Lexicon of Conceptual Practice$
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Ann Laura Stoler, Stathis Gourgouris, and Jacques Lezra

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288519

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288519.001.0001

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Civil Religion: Secularism As Religion?

Civil Religion: Secularism As Religion?

(p.45) Civil Religion: Secularism As Religion?
Thinking with Balibar

Judith Butler

Fordham University Press

Describes the genealogy and construction of the concept of civil religion in Balibar’s work, stressing its relation to Spinoza’s work and opening onto the critique of political and philosophical secularism, this last a “neutral,” mediating position which may be the “true religion of civic life” today, if it is not one pole of two within civil reiligion, the other religion itself, whose oscillating opposition lies at the heart of the contemporary conception of freedom.

Keywords:   freedom, nature, secularism, Spinoza, transitivity

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