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Research Unit, Post-Secular Thought


The role of the Unit is to explore the phenomenon of post-secularity in contemporary philosophy. It is a relatively new domain, which requires an interdisciplinary approach, combining philosophy, theology, and religious studies. 

The main research questions of the Unit are: 1) To what extent is modern thought secular and independent of the theological framework? 2) How can we interpret the late-modern turn towards religion in humanities? 3) What is the role of philosophical theology today? 4) Can revelation cooperate with enlightenment? 5) Is religion doomed to return in modernity as an anti-modern fundamentalist reaction, or can it also be seen as a progressive force? 6) How can post-secular philosophy assist a comparative perspective which would allow a juxtaposition of differing religious beliefs?

The Unit has been a recipient of a few large grants, such as: 

2018-2022 NCN Opus Grant “The Phenomenon of Marranism: Jewish Hidden Tradition and Modernity,” which resulted in publications in Polish and English (e.g.: The Marrano Way: Between Betrayal and Innovation, ed. Agata Bielik-Robson, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2021; Derrida’s Marrano Passover. Exile, Betrayal, Survival, and the Metaphysics of Non-Identity, London & New York: Bloomsbury, 2023.) 

2023-2028 Swedish National Grant, “Experimenting with Tradition:  The Life and Afterlife of East-European German Jewish Culture,” coordinated by Prof. Ulrika Björk (Södertön University, Stockholm) with Agata Bielik-Robson as a major Investigator.

Team members: 

Prof. Agata Bielik-Robson, whose expertise is in Jewish Philosophical Theology is willing to supervise doctoral students.

Dr Maciej Sosnowski.  who works on his habilitation thesis concerning post-secular interpretations of G.W.F. Hegel.

GSSR PhD students: Agata Bielinska, Iwona Jamrozik, Adam Ostrowski, Ewa Potępa