Monday, December 8, 2008

Habermas and Sarkozy, Même Combat?

Jean-Claude Monod tells us that Jürgen Habermas, the great apostle of rational dialogue, no longer believes in the self-sufficiency of "communicative reason" and argues that rationalists must enter into "critical and self-critical dialogue" with what he variously calls "religion, the religious heritage, religious traditions, and the normative resources of religion." Perhaps this is not quite the same thing as Sarkozy's contention that the schoolmaster alone is not enough or that there is no civilization without religion, but the point seems similar enough that one might expect Habermas soon to be added to the Sen-Stiglitz Commission on the "politics of civilization"--if it hasn't already been disbanded or transformed into the Economic Crisis Advisory Board.


Unknown said...

Seriez vous ironique, cher Arthur?

Unknown said...

Vous pensez?