Pragmatic Liberalism and the Critique of Modernity

by Gary (University of Notre Dame, Indiana) Gutting

Part of the Modern European Philosophy Series

Pragmatic Liberalism and the Critique of Modernity Synopsis

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. If ethics and science remain sources of authority what is the basis of that authority? Gutting develops answers to these questions through critical analysis of 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'.

Pragmatic Liberalism and the Critique of Modernity Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521640138
Publication date: 13th February 1999
Author: Gary (University of Notre Dame, Indiana) Gutting
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 212 pages
Categories: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -,

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