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The Pragmatic Century
Conversations with Richard J. Bernstein
The Pragmatic Century
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Sheila Greeve Davaney - Editor
Warren G. Frisina - Editor
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Hardcover - 240 pages
Release Date: October 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6793-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6793-0

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Release Date: October 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6794-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6794-7

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Critically engages the work of American philosopher Richard J. Bernstein.

The Pragmatic Century critically assesses the significance of American philosopher Richard J. Bernstein’s intellectual contributions. Written by scholars who share with Bernstein a combined interest in the American pragmatic tradition and contemporary religious thought, the essays explore such diverse topics as Bernstein’s place as an interpreter of both American and continental thought, the possibility of system building and analysis in an antimetaphysical age, the potential for theological and ethical reinterpretation in contemporary society, and much more. Included are not only responses by Bernstein to each essay, but also two new essays by Bernstein himself that orient readers to the central role pragmatism has played throughout the last century and also provide an encomium to the continuing value of democratic ideals at a time when those ideals are threatened on many different fronts.

“[The contributors] have made a very serious effort to understand what I was saying—to understand me better than I understand myself, to see connections in my work that I was hardly aware of—and to locate fault lines. I learned a great deal about myself, and about how different aspects of my writings are related to each other. The deepest desire of any writer—at least this one—is to be understood, even when objections are raised. This collection of articles eminently succeeds in that task.” — Richard J. Bernstein

The Pragmatic Century is a very useful collection. The range of essays included helps one appreciate the scope, as well as the importance, of Richard Bernstein’s work. Bernstein’s replies to his critics and commentators help clarify his philosophical position.” — Richard Rorty

Contributors include Richard J. Bernstein, Rebecca S. Chopp, Vincent Colapietro, Sheila Greeve Davaney, Mary Doak, Nancy K. Frankenberry, Warren G. Frisina, William D. Hart, Henry S. Levinson, Robert C. Neville, and Gilya G. Schmidt.

Sheila Greeve Davaney is Professor of Theology at Iliff School of Theology and the author of Pragmatic Historicism: A Theology for the Twenty-first Century, also published by SUNY Press. Warren G. Frisina is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Hofstra University and the author of The Unity of Knowledge and Action: Toward a Nonrepresentational Theory of Knowledge, also published by SUNY Press.




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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

The Pragmatic Century
Richard J. Bernstein

Theses on Bernstein
William D. Hart
Response by Richard Bernstein

Engaged Pluralism: Between Alterity and Sociality
Vincent Colapietro
Response by Richard Bernstein

Bernstein and Rorty on Justification by Faith Alone
Nancy K. Frankenberry
Response by Richard Bernstein

Being Philosophical and Having a Philosophy: Reflections to Honor Richard Bernstein
Robert C. Neville
Response by Richard Bernstein

Festive Jewish Naturalism and Richard Bernstein’s Work on Freud and Arendt
Henry S. Levinson
Response by Richard Bernstein

Richard Bernstein on the Jewish Question
Gilya G. Schmidt
Response by Richard Bernstein

Bernstein among the Prophets? Justice, Public Life, and Fallibilistic Pluralism
Mary Doak
Response by Richard Bernstein

Richard Bernstein on Democracy
Rebecca S. Chopp
Response by Richard Bernstein

Creative Democracy—The Task Still Before Us
Richard J. Bernstein

Bernstein Bibliography
About the Contributors
Index



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