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Talcott Parsons on Secularization - Philosophy Dictionary of Arguments

Habermas IV 428
Secularization/Parsons/Habermas: the concept of secularization is linked to the generalization of values that is emerging at the level of the general system of action. Parsons does not understand the secularization of religious values and ideas as the loss of their obligatory character: as religious ethics takes root in the world, the moral-practical contents
Habermas IV 429
are not uprooted. Secularized value orientations do not necessarily detach themselves from their religious ground; more typical is the confessionalization of a belief that at the same time exercises tolerance and which fits ecumenically into the circle of all other confessions. (1)
Habermas IV 430
For Parsons, the secularization of religious powers means a de-dogmatization that allows the once rival fundamental beliefs of death and life to coexist on the basis of shared fundamental ethical beliefs.


1.T. Parsons, Belief, Unbelief and Disbelief, in: T. Parsons, Action Theory and the Human Condition, NY 1978, S., 240.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

ParCh I
Ch. Parsons
Philosophy of Mathematics in the Twentieth Century: Selected Essays Cambridge 2014

ParTa I
T. Parsons
The Structure of Social Action, Vol. 1 1967

ParTe I
Ter. Parsons
Indeterminate Identity: Metaphysics and Semantics 2000

Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Ha III
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Ha IV
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981


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