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The Things in Heaven and Earth: An Essay in Pragmatic Naturalism
     

The Things in Heaven and Earth: An Essay in Pragmatic Naturalism

by John Ryder
 

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The Things in Heaven and Earth is a development and application of the Columbia Naturalism of John Dewey, John Herman Randall, Jr., and Justus Buchler. The chapters deal with systematic ontology, epistemology, constructivism and objectivity, philosophical theology, art, democratic theory, foreign policy, education, humanism, and cosmopolitanism.

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The Things in Heaven and Earth is a development and application of the Columbia Naturalism of John Dewey, John Herman Randall, Jr., and Justus Buchler. The chapters deal with systematic ontology, epistemology, constructivism and objectivity, philosophical theology, art, democratic theory, foreign policy, education, humanism, and cosmopolitanism.

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Bloomfield College - Richard E. Hart
“This is a work of profound scholarship and original philosophy. The author obviously has command of a wide range of theoretical and practical resources—including not only philosophy, its history and American philosophy in particular, but, also, the arts, the natural and social sciences, and political theory. He makes effective use of this vast arsenal of resources to advance his perspective and satisfactorily accomplish the mission of the book. His illustrations and practical examples, across all the above-mentioned fields and practices, give the distinct impression of a well-seasoned thinker who, in this work, is putting years of experience, accumulated wisdom and insight to work, provocatively and effectively.”
University of Jyväskylä - Sami Pihlström
"In this thought-provoking volume, John Ryder defends an original version of pragmatic naturalism that has a rich yet partly neglected history. He reintroduces the tradition of 'Columbia Naturalism' - not only the relatively well-known naturalism defended by John Dewey but also the less well-known views of thinkers like Justus Buchler - and especially its theory of relationality, as well as the many promising applications of that theory not only in ontology and epistemology but also in ethics and political philosophy. Ryder thereby vigorously challenges both the post-linguistic-turn 'new pragmatisms' and the reductive forms of naturalism dominating the philosophical mainstream today. This is pragmatically naturalistic philosophy at its best: pluralistic, fallibilistic, and open-minded."
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale - Larry A. Hickman
"In this well-crafted volume John Ryder makes a strong and elegant case for a version of philosophical naturalism that avoids reductive materialism and builds on the best ideas of both modernism and postmodernism. Expanding on the insights of John Dewey, John Herman Randall, Jr., and Justus Buchler, among others, he constructs a muscular naturalism that is fully capable of producing salutary and enduring effects in the areas of religion, the arts, and political life."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823244690
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/02/2013
Series:
American Philosophy (FUP) Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John Ryder is Professor of Philosophy and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates). He is the author of Interpreting America: Russian and Soviet Studies of the History of American Thought and co-editor of The Blackwell Guide to American Philosophy.

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