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"This is an excellent, exciting work that performs the invaluable service of situating some of the most important thinkers of the last century and a half in one overarching account of the uses and abuses of ‘instrumental rationality' and the consequences for genuine human spirituality and interpersonal relationships. It marks the detailed theoretical payoff on the promise of Religion,
Ontotheology, and Deconstruction and on Huston Smith's popular
Why Religion Matters." —David Taffel, author of Nietzsche Unbound:
The Struggle for Spirit in the Age of Science
"...should be required reading for all philosophy graduate students.
Indeed, it should be required reading for graduate students in both the humanities and social sciences. In clear and concise language he explores and explains the differences in approach and perspective of those of the modern school of social analysis and those writers of the post-modern school of social criticism. Ruf's point that there is much to be learned by reading the works of scholars of both schools... . Persons interested in the history of Western intellectual thought will be well served by reading Postmodern Rationality, Social Criticism, and
Religion." —Bill E. Lawson, Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University
"It is the rare philosopher today who can write such a clear and panoramic study of the relevance of pragmatism and postmodernism for today. This wonderful book will engage the general reader and scholar alike with its accessibility and insights born of years of careful reading and thinking." —Roderick M.
Stewart, Professor of Philosophy, Austin College