Time and Transcendence

Secular History, the Catholic Reaction and the Rediscovery of the Future

  • Gabriel Motzkin

Part of the Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture book series (PSCC, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Genesis of Secular History from Criticism and Memoirs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gabriel Motzkin
      Pages 3-38
    3. Gabriel Motzkin
      Pages 39-54
    4. Gabriel Motzkin
      Pages 55-137
  3. The Catholic Reaction to Secular History and the Rediscovery of Time

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 287-309

About this book


This book investigates one aspect of the story of how our religiously-oriented culture became a secular one. It concentrates on the conflicts enveloping the attitude to the past from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth century. The background argument is that the way the process of secularization occurred in one particular religious context, the Roman Catholic one, was determinative for the possibility of something such as secular culture, and hence for both the modem secular attitude to the past and the modem religious one. In recent years a spate of scholarship has suggested that the expanded version of Weber's theory, according to which modernity is a consequence of Protestan­ tism, is not quite accurate. Robert Merton modified this theory to argue that modem natllral science originated in the context of seventeenth-century 1 Protestant England. Against this position, many scholars have investigated 2 origins for the development of science in Catholic countries. The development of natural science, however, is not the whole story of the development of modem secular culture, even if the story of that development is restricted to the development of knowledge. Our modem universities are organized around the division between humanities and natural sciences, and it can be thought that this process of modernization or secularization affected the humanities no less than the sciences.


Martin Heidegger Religion history of philosophy interpret philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Gabriel Motzkin
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5106-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2508-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0928-9518
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