Hans Kelsen’s controversy with secular religions

Author/s Ladavac Nicoletta Bersier
Publishing Year 2014 Issue 2013/3 Language Italian
Pages 7 P. 141-147 File size 477 KB
DOI 10.3280/SD2013-003006
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Despite reworking and rewriting Secular Religion for about ten years, Hans Kelsen eventually withdrew the text from printing in 1964. After long and careful consideration, the Hans Kelsen-Institut has now decided to publish Kelsen’s ‘mys terious’ last book, in which he vehemently opposes any attempt to discredit modern science as failed religion, a view held prominently by Kelsen’s former student Eric Voegelin. Any trend towards a new de-secularisation will have to countenance Kelsen’s criticism. Furthermore, as Kelsen convincingly demonstrates, any trend towards a new theologisation encompasses the risk of totalitarianism.

Keywords: Messianic Theories, Secularisation, Political Theology, Eschatology, Heresy, Gnosticism

  1. Kelsen, Hans, 2012. Secular Religion. A Polemic against the Misinterpretation of Modern Social Philosophy, Science and Politics as “New Religions”. Wien – New York: Springer.

Ladavac Nicoletta Bersier, La controversia di Hans Kelsen con le religioni secolari in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL DIRITTO " 3/2013, pp 141-147, DOI: 10.3280/SD2013-003006