Pragmatism, Neo-Pragmatism, and Religion: Conversations with Richard Rorty

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This book is a selection from papers presented at a conference sponsored by the Highlands Institute for American Religious Thought in Highlands, North Carolina, in June 1995. The central theme of the conference concerned the religious dimensions of Richard Rorty's neo-pragmatism. Professor Rorty presented the keynote address for this conference, which is included in the present volume, and he responded personally to a series of plenary addresses on his thought. The Highlands Institute emphasizes the interface between theology and philosophy. It is especially concerned with theological efforts utilizing the American philosophical tradition (including pragmatism and religious empiricism), with the history and development of distinctively American religious thought, with themes relevant to the "Chicago School" of theology, and with naturalism in American religious thought.
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A selection of 25 papers from a June 1995 conference in Highlands, North Carolina. Rorty himself presents the keynote address, Religious Faith, Intellectual Responsibility, and Romance, which will be published in the forthcoming . Other topics include a paleopragmatic philosophy of the history of philosophy, the pragmatic secularization of theology, a hiatus in the liberal pragmatic view of culture and religion, and listening to indigenous peoples and neo-pagans. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820437309
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: American Liberal Religious Thought Series
  • Pages: 473
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Keynote Address: Religious Faith, Intellectual Responsibility, and Romance 3
Rorty, Diggins, and the Promise of Pragmatism 25
A Paleopragmatic Philosophy of History of Philosophy 43
Religion and Inquiry in William James 61
Religious Naturalism: Humanistic versus Theistic 75
The Pragmatic Secularization of Theology 99
Habet Dewey Animam? 113
Judging Theologies: Truth in an Historicist Perspective 129
Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Politics 149
Minds, Bodies, Experience, Nature: Is Panpsychism Really Dead? 163
From Loneliness to Solitude: The Pragmatist's Path to Salvation 187
Correspondence, Coherence, Satisfaction, Power: The Four Elements of James's Pragmatic Theory of Truth 205
Pragmatism, Philosophical Respectability, and the Meaning of Life 223
Radical Empiricism and the Holographic Model of Reality 239
Rorty's Neopragmatism and the Religious Humanist Option 253
Rorty among the Theologians: The Possibility of Theology after the New Historicism 273
Rorty's Final Vocabularies and the Possibility of a Historicist Metaphysics 293
Richard Rorty and the Possibility of Theology 309
The Function of Religion in Culture: A Hiatus in the Liberal Pragmatic View of Culture and Religion 337
Finite is All Right! Confessions of a Slow Learner 357
The Place of the "Sacred": A Critical Response to Edward Farley's Good and Evil 383
The Minimalist Critique of Radical Monotheism: A Reconsideration of Transcendence 403
On Listening to Indigenous Peoples and Neo-Pagans: Obstacles to Appropriating the Older Ways 421
Gordon Kaufman as a Liberal Theologian: An Aesthetic Appraisal 437
Why Do We Make Those Choices? Some Reflections on Faith, Pluralism, and Commitment 453
About the Authors 469
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