Lecture: Professor Pantelis Lekkas

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 18:45

Department of Sociology, the University of Athens presented his lecture titled "Modern Ideology as Secular Religion"
"This paper is an attempt at re-visiting the analogy between ‘modern ideology’ and ‘traditional religion’, and re-assessing its value for contemporary,political analysis. A review of the relevant literature reveals two basic approaches to the problem: an historical one (in Weber's spirit) and a structural one (in Durkheim’s spirit). The paper pursues the second course but also tries to incorporate into it a third, more ‘formalist’, approach (in the spirit, say, of Simmel) that focuses on the formal similarities between Religion and Ideology as ‘universes of meaning’. It also tries to locate various points of osmosis between Religion and Ideology, and the ways in which an essentially ideological-cum-religious mode of thinking continues to proliferate in contemporary phenomena like religious fundamentalism."
This lecture was generously sponsored by the University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, USA.
Thursday, April 19, HUM 587, 7:30 pm.