RELIGION & METAPHOR #7 - Thomas M. Schmidt: Performative References to Transcendence. Habermas on the Meaning of the Sacred
Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Thomas M. Schmidt (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
In his Theory of Communicative Action (1981) Jürgen Habermas had interpreted the history of social and philosophical modernization as “linguistification of the sacred”. In his most recent major work Auch eine Geschichte der Philosophie (2019), he places a clearly different emphasis on the role of the phenomenon of the sacred for the development of modern societies. The so-called "sacred complex" is now seen as an anthropological deep-seated mechanism, which in the event of crises of communicative socialization can assume a kind of “deficiency guarantee” in terms of ritual performances.