The Measure of Things: Humanism, Humility, and Mystery

The Measure of Things: Humanism, Humility, and Mystery

by David Cooper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198238274

ISBN-13: 9780198238270

Pub. Date: 12/12/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

David Cooper explores and defends the view that a reality independent of human perspectives is necessarily indescribable, a "mystery." Other views are shown to be hubristic. Humanists, for whom "man is the measure" of reality, exaggerate our capacity to live without the sense of an independent measure. Absolutists, who proclaim our capacity to

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David Cooper explores and defends the view that a reality independent of human perspectives is necessarily indescribable, a "mystery." Other views are shown to be hubristic. Humanists, for whom "man is the measure" of reality, exaggerate our capacity to live without the sense of an independent measure. Absolutists, who proclaim our capacity to know an independent reality, exaggerate our cognitive powers. In this highly original book Cooper restores to philosophy a proper appreciation of mystery-that is what provides a measure of our beliefs and conduct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198238270
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/12/2002
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
2. Self-assertion: from 'Ockhamism' to the Renaissance
3. Reason and Agency: Enlightenment, Kant and Romanticism
4. Prometheanism Unbound: from Marx and Nietzsche to Pragmatism
5. Existential Humanism
6. Interlude: Rival Humanisms
7. Belief, Posture and Humility
8. The Hubris of Absolutism
9. The Hubris of Humanism (1)
10. The Hubris of Humanism (2)
11. Mystery
12. Emptiness and Mystery
13. Mystery and Measure
Index

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