In 2001, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas gave a lecture entitled “An Awareness of What is Missing“. “The philosophically enlightened self-understanding of modernity,” Habermas said, “stands in a peculiar dialectical relationship to the theological self-understanding of the major world religions, which intrude into this modernity as the most awkward element from its past.” In his new book The Age of Nothing: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God, the journalist and author Peter Watson takes Habermas’s identification of unprocessed religious longings in the modern imagination as the point of departure for a comprehensive examination of the search for meaning in art, philosophy and literature in the wake of the “death of God” announced by Nietzsche in the late 19th century.
The death of god and the search for meaning: an interview with Peter Watson
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