Secular Religion

A Polemic against the Misinterpretation of Modern Social Philosophy, Science and Politics as "New Religions"
  • 2. Auflage
  • 308 Seiten, gebunden
  • ISBN 978-3-7046-7756-3 (Print)
  • Erscheinungsdatum: 2. Mai 2017

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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 Kelsen's 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 Kelsen‘s former student Eric Voegelin. Any contemporary trend towards a "new" de-secularization will have to face Kelsen`s criticism. Furthermore, as Kelsen convincingly demonstrates, any trend towards a "new" theologization holds the danger of totalitarianism. In this context Kelsen's text from 1964 offers an excellent contribution to a current discussion.

Revised edition

Hans Kelsen

em o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Richard Potz, Universität Wien