Truth and Politics

Toward a Post-Secular Community

By Fred Dallmayr

Subjects: Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Religion And Politics, Cultural Studies, General Interest
Hardcover : 9781438489698, 170 pages, August 2022
Paperback : 9781438489704, 170 pages, February 2023

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Table of contents


1. Introduction: Emerging from Multiple Rifts

2. Post-Secularity and (Global) Politics: A Need for Redefinition

3. Post-Secular Faith: Toward a Religion of Service

4. Beyond Secular Modernity: Reflections on Taylor and Panikkar

5. "Man against the State": Self-Interest and Civil Resistance

6. Neo-Liberalism and Its Critics: Voices from East and West

7. Individualized Life: The Plight of Narcissism

8. Holism and Particularism: Panikkar on Human Rights

9. Falling Upward Communally: A Tribute to Richard Rohr

Concluding Remarks


Endorses the pursuit of paradigm shifts in our understandings of faith, truth, and nature to remedy the "underside" of modernity and thus to inaugurate a post-modern (but not anti-modern) and post-secular (but not anti-secular) view of the world.


Oppositions found in nearly every element of society readily give way to antagonism and hostility and, ultimately, to war and destruction. Both historically and analytically, this condition can be traced to an outlook called "the modern paradigm," launched by Descartes' "cogito ergo sum." The paradigm shift explored in this study is proposed on three levels: faith, society, and ecology. On the faith (human-divine relations) level, Fred Dallmayr suggests a shift where faith and world are seen in symbiosis rather than set against each other in the dualism that modernity has caused. On the societal (inter-human relations) level, he suggests a shift that would repair modernity's trend of sundering individuals from any communal background, which has caused people to increasingly act (solely) in their own interests. On the ecology (man-nature relations) level, Dallmayr explores how nature has responded to human exploitation and constant intervention, underscoring the need for a paradigm shift here as well. Truth and Politics seeks to remedy the "underside" of modernity and thus to inaugurate a "postmodern" (not anti-modern") and "post-secular" (not anti-secular) perspective.

Fred Dallmayr is Packey J. Dee Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His many books include The Promise of Democracy: Political Agency and Transformation, also published by SUNY Press.


"Dallmayr's admirers, along with others who are involved in the philosophical and political scientific world of contemporary social and political theory, will be happy to have this volume available." — William Leon McBride, Purdue University