Special Issue "Cultural and Religious Pluralism in the Age of Imaginaries"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Humanities/Philosophies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2022) | Viewed by 423

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Laurens ten Kate
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Guest Editor
University of Humanistic Studies, 3512 HD Utrecht, The Netherlands
Interests: philosophy of religion; interdisciplinary religious studies; theology; religion and politics; theory of imagination and imaginaries; globalization studies; cultural pluralism; post-structuralism; theories of humanism; deconstruction
Mr. Bram van Boxtel
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Co-Guest Editor
University of Humanistic Studies, 3512 HD Utrecht, The Netherlands
Interests: philosophy of religion; interdisciplinary religious studies; theology; religion and politics; theory of imagination and imaginaries; globalization studies; cultural pluralism; post-structuralism; theories of humanism; deconstruction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, the paradigm of secularization has been under pressure. In continental philosophy in particular, the idea that religions will gradually lose their function within modern societies due to emancipatory processes of rationalization and individualization is embraced less and less. The “secular age” is being rethought as a time in which the secular and the religious—as well as the realms of experience and imagination they stand for, i.e., immanence and transcendence—mutually inform and transform each other. This complex condition is analyzed as a cultural and religious pluralism of imaginaries, marking the so-called “end of the grand narratives”. Against the stable and compelling ideologies and worldview systems, a world of radical difference and “super-diversity” is opened up, in which the meaning of life and the sense of the world are addressed in a permanent play of hybrid, temporal, and unstable imaginaries. Although this cultural and religious plurality is often associated with freedom and creativity, many continental philosophers stress the urgency for a political analysis, focusing on the impact of power relations within pluralism and on the uncontrollability, agonism, and violence these relations bring along. Pluralism, in philosophical theory as well as in political practice, is a contested concept, as authors in this journal have previously pointed out (e.g., Spickard, 2017; Kaltsas, 2019).

Pursuing a multifaceted tradition of cultural critique regarding modernity—from Kant and Hegel to Nietzsche, Freud and Heidegger—one of post-war continental philosophy’s key projects has been and still is the critical analysis of what is called “globalization”: of a fundamentally plural world in which the distinction between reality and imagination is becoming highly problematic.

In this Special Issue, we invite scholars to contribute to this important and urgent field of philosophical research, whether initiated and carried out in the French context (e.g., J.P. Sartre, P. Ricoeur, M. Foucault, J. Derrida, J.-L. Nancy), the German context (e.g., H. Blumenberg, J. Habermas, P. Sloterdijk, H. Rosa) or the Anglo-Saxon context (e.g., H. Arendt, Ch. Taylor, S. Vertovec, W. Connolly, R. Kearney, J. Butler). We welcome submissions that further develop theories of pluralism in relation with imagination, in the cross-over area between secularity and religion.

We envision contributions that will address the following areas and themes. We encourage  authors to enter a dialogue with one or more key thinkers in these fields.

  • Cultural and religious pluralism and current innovative theories of imagination and imaginaries;
  • Cultural and religious pluralism and new approaches to justice and care;
  • Cultural and religious pluralism and new approaches to art;
  • Cultural and religious pluralism and new approaches to language, literature, and narrativity;
  • Cultural and religious pluralism and the debate on secularization;
  • Cultural and religious pluralism and power structures and relations;
  • Cultural and religious pluralism and neoliberalism;
  • Cultural and religious pluralism and new nationalism/populism;
  • Cultural and religious traditions and imagination: the issue of iconoclasm;
  • Pluralism & Imagination in specific worldview tradition: Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Humanism, etc.;
  • Cultural and religious pluralism across the global North–South border: the challenge of decoloniality.

Prospective contributors please inquire with an abstract under 300 words by 1 July (The paper submission deadline is 15 December). You can reach the guest editors at [email protected] and [email protected]

Prof. Dr. Laurens ten Kate
Mr. Bram van Boxtel
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • pluralism
  • continental philosophy
  • religion and secularity
  • worldview traditions
  • imagination
  • imaginaries
  • globalization
  • critique of modernity
  • agonism of difference

Published Papers

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