Secular Religion: A Polemic against the Misinterpretation of Modern Social Philosophy, Science and Politics as New Religions

Springer, 31 2012 - 292
Despite reworking and rewriting Secular Religion for about ten years Hans Kelsen finally withdrew the text from printing in 1964. After long and careful consideration the Hans Kelsen-Institut has now decided to lift the veil on Kelsens somewhat mysterious last book and to bring Secular Religion to a wider public. In this book Kelsen vehemently opposes any attempt to discredit modern science as failed religion, a view prominently held by Kelsens former student Eric Voegelin. Any contemporary trend towards a new de-secularization will have to face Kelsens criticism. Furthermore, as Kelsen convincingly demonstrates, any trend towards a new theologization holds the danger of totalitarianism. In this context Kelsens text from 1964 offers an excellent contribution to a current discussion.

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Hans Kelsen, Richard Potz, Clemens Jabloner, Robert Walter, Klaus Zeleny