Nature, Truth, and Value: Exploring the Thinking of Frederick Ferre

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In Nature, Truth, and Value, nineteen scholars-writing from across the humanities and social sciences-challenge the reigning theoretical and philosophical enterprises of deconstruction and postmodernism. With great erudition, ambition, and daring, all contributions have one thread in common: their abiding interest in the work of Frederick Ferre, a thinker whose passion for intellectual inquiry remains unsurpassed. More specifically, Nature, Truth, and Value is an exploration of Ferre's ideas that traditional dichotomies are dead, that we are all a part of nature, that truth is one, and that value is ultimate. Ferre's colleagues and friends, writing in this volume, have been inspired to develop his ideas, which have become-now more than ever-critical issues in a broken and fragmented world. This book represents a deep exploration of Ferre's ideas and is indispensable to the fields of philosophy, theology, ethics, and environmental studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739112625
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

George Allan is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Dickinson College. Merle Allshouse was Academic Dean, Professor of Philosophy, and finally President at Bloomfield College. Currently he is Director, the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
On the soul 9
Ferre's postmodern metaphysical support for soul 25
Explorations in personalistic organicism 39
Human reality and the form of the good 53
The emergentist alternative : a critique of pansubjectivism 67
Philosophy of religion after postmodernism 83
The process of wisdom : understanding the contours of Ferre's Being and Value 101
Frederick Ferre's epistemic norms interpret evolution 111
Metaphor and the limits of language 127
Is ecology a postmodern science? 143
Rights, reasons, and values : Ferre's organismic theory of natural values 159
Values in nature : the contributions of Frederick Ferre to environmental philosophy 177
Theism and the crisis in moral theory : rethinking modern autonomy 199
God revisited 223
Ferre without God : a shift to a neo-Whiteheadian humanistic naturalism 241
A lamp to our doubts : Ferre, Hartshorne, and theistic arguments 255
Metascience, technique, and radiobiology : using a contemporary case to investigate Ferre's account of "technolatry" 271
Frederick Ferre and pragmatist activism 287
Global environmental governance : why we need a world environment organization 297
On listening 321
A brief ode to an intellectual otter 345
Frederick Ferre as Mensch : the personal side(s) of an active scholar 351
Biographical essay 355
Frederick Ferre : chronology 363
Selected bibliography : Frederick Ferre 365
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