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Limits of the Secular

Social Experience and Cultural Memory


  • Presents innovative theory about the nature of the Secular and Trans-Secular

  • Describes how to bridge these two often competing intellectual schemes

  • Interdisciplinary approach that utilizes modernism, labour studies, and Feminism Secular


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 1-34
  3. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 35-67
  4. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 69-95
  5. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 97-120
  6. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 121-150
  7. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 151-172
  8. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 173-202
  9. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 203-208
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 209-223

About this book


This book facilitates a missing dialogue between the secular and the transsecular dimensions of human existence. It explores two kinds of limits of the secular: the inadequacies of its assumptions with respect to the total being of the human, and how it curbs the ontological sensibilities of the human. Kaustuv Roy argues that since secular reason of modernity can only represent the empirical dimension of existence, humans are forced to privatize the non-empirical dimension of being. It is therefore absent from the social, imaginary, as well as public discourse. This one-sidedness is the root cause of many of the ills facing modernity. Roy contends that a bridge-consciousness that praxeologically relates the secular and the non-secular domains of experience is the need of the hour. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BangaloreIndia

About the authors

Kaustuv Roy is professor of Philosophy and Sociology at Azim Premji University in Bangalore, India. He earned his Ph.D from Michigan State University and taught at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA. His previous books include Teachers in Nomadic Spaces and Neighborhoods of the Plantation: War, Politics and Education.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Limits of the Secular
  • Book Subtitle Social Experience and Cultural Memory
  • Authors Kaustuv Roy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-48697-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83997-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-48698-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 223
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Secularism
    Philosophy of Man
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