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Eros for the Other: Retaining Truth in a Pluralistic World

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Eros for the Other takes up the problem of how truth claims and ethical norms can survive the increasingly radical recognition of the historical, cultural, pluralistic, and often ideological character of human experience. Sharing with postmodernism a suspicion of totalizing forms of knowledge and practice, Wendy Farley parts with postmodernism in defending the possibility of truth and ethics. Arguing that reality occurs in the concrete existence of actual beings (human and otherwise), she develops an ...
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Overview

Eros for the Other takes up the problem of how truth claims and ethical norms can survive the increasingly radical recognition of the historical, cultural, pluralistic, and often ideological character of human experience. Sharing with postmodernism a suspicion of totalizing forms of knowledge and practice, Wendy Farley parts with postmodernism in defending the possibility of truth and ethics. Arguing that reality occurs in the concrete existence of actual beings (human and otherwise), she develops an interpretation of the nature of knowledge as an eros for the other--as an openness to the distinctive beauties and fragilities of other creatures.

Employing Plato, Levinas, Hannah Arendt, Iris Murdoch, Anne Carson, and representatives of Continental philosophy and feminist theory, Eros for the Other constructs an original argument for the interdependence of truth, ethics, and pluralism. Through dialogues with Western thought and its critics an original vision emerges of the way reason discerns reality, experiences beauty, and lives compassionately in the midst of the plurality of concrete, historical existence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271029658
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2006
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Farley is Associate Professor of Religion and Ethics at Emory University. She is the author of Tragic Vision and Divine Compassion: A Contemporary Theodicy (1990).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Construction of Reality: Plurality and Illusion 15
2 Totality and the Dismemberment of Truth: Arendt and Levinas 39
3 Eros and the Other 67
4 Ideas 111
5 Woman and Women: On Essence and Idea 147
6 The Practice of Truth 185
Bibliography 201
Index 217
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