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The Place of the Sacred in the Metropolis: Political Philosophy on the Public Quest for Meaning in Life

Pieter Dronkers

Protestant Theological University

April 17, 2009

Urban space has its impact on lived religion, but, at the same time, the public domain is affected by religious practices. Since the public is shared space and therefore a common good, many political philosophers have addressed the question of the proper public place of the sacred. Over the past decades, this issue has gained new interest in the light of the changing social role of religion. In scholarly literature on this topic, many spatial metaphors, like public spheres and domains, are applied. However, discussions often remain theoretical and abstract. This contribution assesses the everyday spatial consequences of different political theories for the place of the sacred in the metropolis.

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Keywords: public space, postsecularity, city, liberalism, communitarianism, Iris Marion Young

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Date posted: April 18, 2009 ; Last revised: March 16, 2010

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Dronkers, Pieter, The Place of the Sacred in the Metropolis: Political Philosophy on the Public Quest for Meaning in Life (April 17, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1390042 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1390042

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Protestant Theological University ( email )
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Utrecht, Utrecht 3508 TC
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