Guest Lecture by Paolo Costa: "The Postsecular City"

13 December 2022, 6:30 to 8 pm

Venue: SE room 5 (1st floor, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna) as well as via Zoom

“The Post-Secular City” is the first attempt to systematically map and assess the recent debate about secularization. It examines the alleged shift from a “secular” to a “post-secular” dispensation from the perspective of the ongoing de-construction of the secularization “theorem” (as Hans Blumenberg called it). Accordingly, the new secularization debate is described as being polarized between the “de-constructors” and the “maintainers” of the standard thesis of secularization. This is the assumption underlying an ambitious effort to map the field, which consists of a long introduction where “secularization” is analyzed as a deeply problematic concept-of-process and of eight chapters in which several protagonists of the recent debate are discussed as crucial junctions of a multidisciplinary conversation.