Pragmatic Liberalism and the Critique of Modernity / Edition 1

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In this book Gary Gutting offers a powerful account of the nature of human reason in modern times. The fundamental question addressed by the book is what authority human reason can still claim once it is acknowledged that our fundamental metaphysical and religious pictures of the world no longer command allegiance. Gutting analyzes the work of three dominant philosophical voices in our time: Richard Rorty, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Charles Taylor. His own position is defined as "pragmatic liberalism". The book will appeal to readers in such fields as philosophy, literature, and political theory. The interpretations of Rorty, MacIntyre, and Taylor will make the book suitable as a coursebook teaching the history of modern philosophy.
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"Overall, Guttings book is valuable for its fair and scholarly attention to the ongoing pragmatic critique of modernity as well as for his own reasonable contribution to that dicussion. While it may seem out of place in a series of books on modern European philosophy, it will be of value to those interested in such philosophy for its clear discussion of pragmatic postmodernism as well as for Gutting's interesting opening and closing remarks on the relationship between analytic and continental philosophy." Ethics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521649735
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: Modern European Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Question of Modernity 1
I Richard Rorty: The Rudiments of Pragmatic Liberalism 7
1 The Philosophy of Representations 8
2 Knowledge without Representations 15
3 Justification as a Social Practice 19
4 The Problem of Truth 25
5 Davidsonian Therapy 32
6 Truth and Science 40
7 Ethics without Foundations 48
8 Liberal Ironism 58
II Alasdair MacIntyre: A Modern Malgre Lui 69
1 MacIntyre's Critique of the Enlightenment 70
2 Which Enlightenment? 75
3 In Defense of Enlightenment Humanism 80
4 The Lure of Tradition 86
5 The Tradition of the Virtues 92
6 MacIntyre and Modernity 97
7 MacIntyre versus Pragmatic Liberalism 107
III Charles Taylor: An Augustinian Modern 113
1 Taylor's Historical Project 114
2 Locke and the Radical Enlightenment 118
3 The Primacy of Everyday Life 124
4 Beyond the Enlightenment: Evil, Romanticism, and Poetic Truth 129
5 Taylor's Critique of Naturalism 136
6 Williams and Objectivity 141
7 Naturalism and Hypergoods 148
Pragmatic Liberalism: Concluding Reflections 163
1 Recapitulation 163
2 Metaphilosophical Coda 177
Index 195
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