The Grad Lounge

Habermas’ Idea of Public Debate and the Problem of Neutrality (pt. 2)

religion and neutrality

The following series is by Andre Costa, graduate student at Trinity Western University and contributor to The Humanist Lens. Andre’s research has to do primarily with political, historical and philosophical problems in the contemporary liberal democratic state and its difficult relationship to Christian commitment. In this piece, he sketches Habermas’ unique understanding of the secularization process.  Habermas has an ambiguous relationship to [...]

Habermas’ Idea of Public Debate and the Problem of Neutrality (pt. 1)

Jurgen Habermas

The following series is by Andre Costa, graduate student at Trinity Western University and contributor to The Humanist Lens. Andre’s research has to do primarily with political, historical and philosophical problems in the contemporary liberal democratic state and its difficult relationship to Christian commitment. In this piece, he offers a critique of the political theory [...]

The Crisis in Egypt and the “Secular”

Egypt, Uprising, Muslim Brotherhood

On July 3rd, the latest instalment in a remarkable series of political events in Egypt occurred in the form of what most people are calling a coup d’état. The now former President Mohamed Morsi was “deposed” by the Egyptian military after his election just last year in July, revealing the nation’s already unstable political situation [...]

David Bentley Hart at Biola Art Symposium

David Bentley Hart, beauty

This past March, the philosopher-theologian David Bentley Hart gave a lecture entitled “Beauty, Form and Violence” at Biola University. Thanks to the graciousness of Biola’s youtube page, the presentation in its entirety is available below. Hart’s central concern is a metaphysical distinction between an “ontology of peace” and an “ontology of violence”: One can think [...]

“God, Money and Death” by William Cavanaugh

2008 economic crash

The 2008 financial crisis in the United States marked a unique opportunity for competing economic, social and political perspectives regarding the history, nature and purpose of Western democracies. Whereas before it would have been adequate to linger on with particular stories of Left vs. Right, State vs. Market and other familiar points of debate, the [...]

University of Nottingham’s “Why Study?” Video Series

University of Nottingham

The Centre of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Nottingham has developed a nice series of videos about the so-called “practical” question of studying the great figures of the Western philosophical and theological tradition, namely, “Why study it at all?” Each short video is an interview of specialists in various issues and figures on [...]

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