Friday, March 06, 2009

What Habermas suggests and Sri Aurobindo posited

[At the minimum we need to show that Sri Aurobindo - rightly understood - is part of the solution, not part of the problem. More and more intellectuals are recognizing that rationalism is inadequate to deal with the challenges that confront us. Juergensmeyer himself ends his book on the rise of religious violence with an appeal for an accommodation between rationality and religion that has something in common with Sri Aurobindo's insistence on the need for an alliance between intellect and spirit. Re: Orissa court stays release of book on Sri Aurobindo (the next Satanic Verses -thaindian news)
Angiras on Mon 17 Nov 2008 11:15 PM PST
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[We need a plurality of voices to address this question, both religious and secular. Personally, I haven’t yet given up hope for the possibility that generous scholars like Stout and Wolterstorff will be able to explore together the terrain opened by such a question. As Habermas demonstrates, however, an absolute allergy to theistic insights on this question will not take us very far. Responses to “The paucity of secularism?”
Ronald A. Kuipers: March 3rd, 2009 at 9:58 am Ronald A. Kuipers, PhD (Free University), MPhil (Institute for Christian Studies) is assistant professor of the philosophy of religion. His research and teaching concentrate on the continuing social relevance of religious life patterns in pluralistic Western societies. He pursues that discussion by working with such intellectual traditions as pragmatism and critical theory, among others.]

What Habermas suggests, and Sri Aurobindo posited firmly a century ago, is to have an honest engagement with religion and not run away from it. When will our professors read The Life Divine? [TNM]

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