By Richard M. Rorty
Jeffrey W. Robbins (Foreword), Gianni Vattimo (Introduction), G. Elijah Dann (Conclusion)
Richard Rorty is known, even perhaps notorious, for his philosophical nonchalance. His groundbreaking paintings not just rejects all theories of fact but additionally dismisses smooth epistemology and its preoccupation with wisdom and illustration. whilst, the prestigious pragmatist believed there may be no universally legitimate solutions to ethical questions, which led him to a fancy view of faith infrequently expressed in his writings.
In this posthumous e-book, Rorty, a strict secularist, reveals within the pragmatic considered John Dewey, John Stuart Mill, William James, and George Santayana, between others, a political mind's eye shared by way of non secular traditions. His motive isn't to advertise trust over nonbelief or to blur the excellence among spiritual and public domain names. Rorty seeks in basic terms to find styles of similarity and distinction so an ethics of decency and a politics of harmony can upward push. He quite responds to Pope Benedict XVI and his crusade opposed to the relativist imaginative and prescient. no matter if protecting theologians, metaphysicians, or political ideologues to account, Rorty continues to be steadfast in his competition to absolute uniformity and its exploitation of political strength.
This outstanding presentation of Rorty's influential strategies might be of price to these grounded within the examine of philosophy, faith, and their interaction.
...concise yet none the fewer immensely thoughtful...
(Roman Madzia Pragmatism this day 1900-01-00)
This booklet makes for attention-grabbing studying. it's a infrequent philosophy ebook that could be a page-turner that may be learn in a single or sittings.
(Daniel Dombrowski Sophia 1900-01-00)
Richard Rorty's argument fairly sincerely and succinctly brings the claims of pragmatism to matters on the middle of Catholic politics-a conflict among relativism and fundamentalism that's in lots of methods emblematic of the bigger struggles among spiritual and secular traditions around the globe.
(Robert T. Valgenti, Lebanon Valley university)
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Extra resources for An Ethics for Today: Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion
Perhaps what helped me most in this conviction began with recognizing how traditional theology was as susceptible to Rorty’s doubts as perennial philosophy. The historical relationship between philosophy and theology, with their compatible interests on matters of metaphysics and epistemology, isn’t very difficult to demonstrate. . ”25 Expanding this description Dewey wrote: Through a variety of channels, especially Neo-Platonism and St. Augustine, these ideas found their way into Christian theology; and great scholastic thinkers taught that the end of man is to know True Being, that knowledge is completive, that True Being is pure Immaterial Mind, and to know it is Bliss and Salvation.
These things happened. The idea that God is a hope rather than an object, is one that even Dietrich Bonhoeffer shared, I believe. ” “There is” God? Where? Is he a knowable object? Think about that and you might start to see some merit in Rorty’s position. A M E M B E R O F T H E A U D I E N C E Professor Rorty, would a return from Catholicism, Islam, and Judaism back to that archetype of laicity, Odysseus, be possible and desirable in your view? Odysseus, endowed not with contemplative intelligence, nous, but with operational intelligence, metis, took on problems and solved them, ut Deus non esset [without reference to God].
35 4 0 CONCLUSION If there are going to be formal debates over the existence of God, neither atheists nor theists will have the theoretical, conceptual ammunition to raise against their opponent to demonstrate God’s nonexistence or existence. Yet it doesn’t follow that all topics related to religion and religious belief will be scratched out. At least in his later writings, Rorty’s target wasn’t so much the private religious beliefs of the average person but rather the ecclesiastical authorities who claim to speak for God then seek to impose dictates on secular society in the public square.