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Secularism in Antebellum America$
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John Lardas Modern

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226533230

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226533254.001.0001

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Introduction The Metaphysics of Secularism

Introduction The Metaphysics of Secularism

(p.1) Introduction The Metaphysics of Secularism
Secularism in Antebellum America
University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the history of secularism in antebellum American. This volume tells a story about the feelings, epistemic moves, and habits that made the nova effect a living possibility. It argues that the secular imaginary occurred at the levels of emotion and mood and shows that the “true religion” known and practiced by a significant number of antebellum Americans was anything but natural. This volume also describes the way which true religion carried a normative sociality to which individuals aligned themselves.

Keywords:   secularism, antebellum America, epistemic moves, nova effect, true religion, normative sociality

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