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Secularization in Max Weber. On current usefulness of re-accessing that old meaning

Author(s): Pierucci Antônio Flávio

Journal: Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais
ISSN 0102-6909

Issue: spe1;
Start page: 129;
Date: 2000;
Original page

Keywords: Secularization | Secularization of law | Disenchantment of the state | Max Weber | Sociology of religion | Sociology of law

The author argues that the treatment of the secularization thesis by Brazilian empirical studies in sociology of religion is theoretically deficient. In the article, having regard to the empiricist and ill-advised celebration of recent religious ferments that are supposed to be turning our times into a "de-secularized" or "post-secularized" age, the author supports the claim for resetting the conceptual discussion. He suggests that it would be very useful to Brazilian sociology of religion to cope again with the old political-juridical meaning through which the problem of a socio-historical process of dessacralization was conceptualized, taking place above all in the sphere of political-juridical normativity. This is the meaning unfolded by Max Weber, considered the major proponent of the secularization theory, in his sociology of law.
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