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Fullness of Knowing

Modernity and Postmodernity from Defoe to Gadamer



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The Fullness of Knowing: Modernity and Postmodernity from Defoe to Gadamer by Daniel E. Ritchie
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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 in dialogue with eighteenth-century critics of the Enlightenment, Daniel Ritchie argues that we can begin to overcome post-Enlightenment fragmentation without abandoning either coherence (as many postmoderns have done) or the valid insights of modern and postmodern thought (as many traditionalists have done).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction: "All Is Trash that Reason Cannot Reach": Unenlightened Writers and the Postmodern World Chapter One: Learning to Read, Learning to Listen in Robinson Crusoe Chapter Two: The Hymns of Isaac Watts and Postmodern Worship: Aesthetic Knowledge as a Response to the Enlightenment Critique of Religion Chapter Three: Jonathan Swift's Information Machine and the Critique of Technology Chapter Four: Christopher Smart's Poetry and the Dialogue between Science and Theology Chapter Five: Festival and Discipline in Revolutionary France and Postmodern Times Chapter Six: Remembering Things Past: Tradition as a Way of Knowing in Edmund Burke and Hans-Georg Gadamer Chapter Seven: Reconciling the Heart with the Head: The Poetry of William Cowper and the Thought of Michael Polanyi Conclusion Bibliography
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February 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Baylor University Press
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