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Title: Habermas and taylor on religious reasoning in a liberal democracy
Authors: Hung, ATW 
Keywords: Charles Taylor
Jurgen Habermas
Religious Language
Public Sphere
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: European legacy-toward new paradigms, 2017, v. 22, no. 5, special issue SI, p. 549-565 How to cite?
Journal: European legacy-toward new paradigms 
Abstract: This article compares Habermas's and Taylor's approach to the role of religious language in a liberal democracy. It shows that the difference in their approach is not simply in their theories of religious language. The contrast lies deeper, in their incompatible moral theories: Habermas's universal discourse ethics vs Taylor's communitarian substantive ethics. I also explore William Rehg's defence of discourse ethics by conceding that it is based on a metavalue of rational consensus. However, I argue that Habermas's and Rehg's discourse ethics and translation proviso are untenable. While Taylor rightly argues that there is no reason to exclude religious reason from the formal political sphere, his proposed fusion of horizons to generate a new hybrid framework is also problematic. I suggest that Taylor's historical hermeneutics should be extended to include the narrative approach to ethical deliberation as conducive to mutual experiential understanding, and hence to achieving a fusion of horizons of the diverse worlds of citizens in a liberal democracy.
ISSN: 1084-8770
EISSN: 1470-1316
DOI: 10.1080/10848770.2017.1312827
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