The Prophetic Reason for Religious and Cultural Understanding

By Manuel Losada-Sierra and John Mandalios.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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Interreligious and intercultural dialogue is supposed to be the best way to solve the conflicts arising from rival religious hermeneutics and different modes to conceive of the ideal of a good life in contemporary multicultural and pluralistic societies. In regard to communicative or dialogical reason, respectful coexistence can be reached only by argumentative communication between interested people. In this sense, only rational arguments strong enough to pass the test of the shared rationality can be valid at a discursive level.

However, Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas and Catholic theologian Johann Baptist Metz challenge the symmetrical and rational-based dialogue in order to postulate an asymmetrical relation by giving voice to the other. For them, the core of interreligious and intercultural engagement does not start from rational agreements as Habermas, for instance, has proposed, but from prophetic and anamnestic reasons.

This analytical and comparative presentation will show the possibilities of the anamnestic reason and religion as service against dialogical reason in intercultural and interreligious contexts. Levinas’s and Metz’s criticism of dialogical reason opens new perspectives, which contribute to the reflexion for both political theology and political philosophy.

Keywords: Interreligious, Intercultural, Dialogue

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 11, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.13-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 04, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 385.132KB)).

Prof. Manuel Losada-Sierra

PhD Student, School of Humanities, Griffith University in Australia, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada in Colombia, The Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

I am a philosopher, having graduated from the Università Gregoriana in Rome and the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota. I have also been a lecturer and researcher in political philosophy and I have been particularly focused on ethics for multicultural societies. Currently my research project at Griffith University (Australia) is focused on religious and cultural engagement based on anamnestic and prophetic reasons. My experience has been enriched with the development of research projects, promoting the humanistic formation of students from the Universidad Javeriana and the Universidad Nueva Granada in Bogotá. At present I am the leading researcher of the Humanitas Group Research of the Universidad Nueva Granada

John Mandalios

Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities, Griffith University, The Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

Teaches philosophy at Griffith University and is an author of several publications, including Nietzsche and the Necessity of Freedom.