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The fullness of knowing : modernity and postmodernity from Defoe to Gadamer

Author: Daniel E Ritchie
Publisher: Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Postmodern thinkers have demonstrated the fragmentation of the Enlightenment understanding of the self, society, and nature; for many, however, the postmodern alternatives--the pursuit of individual self-definition, utter skepticism regarding the relation between language and reality, or the embrace of ideological power--are unconvincing. In The Fullness of Knowing, by placing the most promising postmodern insights  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel E Ritchie
ISBN: 9781932792171 1932792171 9781602583313 1602583315
OCLC Number: 318878112
Description: ix, 281 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : unenlightened writers and the postmodern world --
Learning to read, learning to listen in Robinson Crusoe --
The hymns of Isaac Watts and postmodern worship --
Jonathan Swift's information machine and the critique of technology --
Christopher Smart's poetry and the dialogue between science and theology --
Festival and discipline in revolutionary France and postmodern times --
Tradition as a way of knowing in Edmund Burke and Hans-Georg Gadamer --
Reconciling the heart with the head in the poetry of William Cowper and the thought of Michael Polanyi.
Responsibility: Daniel E. Ritchie.


By placing post-modern insights in dialogue with eighteenth-century critics of the Enlightenment, this title argues that we can begin to overcome post-Enlightenment fragmentation without abandoning  Read more...
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"In the welter of books on postmodernism, this artful book stands out both in its matter and its method." --Dan R. Stiver, Cook-Derrick Professor of Theology, Logsdon School of Theology, Read more...

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