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The Search for Wisdom in the Postmodern Age (Philosophy in Transit)

By John D. Caputo

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 August 2014
Every time you set off on a journey, you're creating a crisis in truth. In today's freewheeling, pluralistic, moving world, where we can travel anywhere and get information at any time, there are no certainties. Without fixed ideas, can we still love the truth? In Truth, the first in a new series of easily digestible, commute-length books of original thought, internationally renowned philosopher John D. Caputo explores different notions of truth, and how we can define it today. Is truth, as for St Augustine, the same as God? Does it lie in the Reason of Descartes and Kant? Is it Derrida's idea of an event, still being made? Or, according to postmodern prophet Nietzsche, a mere ensemble of fictions and metaphors? Here Caputo posits his own surprising theory of a new Enlightenment, one that draws on the ancient ideals of truth and wisdom, but embraces our on-the-go, postmodern age.

About the Author

John D. Caputo is a specialist in contemporary hermeneutics and deconstruction with a special interest in religion in the postmodern condition. The Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University, he has spearheaded an idea he calls weak theology.


Caputo has done a fine job of clarifying and classifying the postmodernist approach to truth and reality. His readable and eloquent book is an excellent guide to the outlook common in a certain strain of Continental European philosophy The Times Literary Supplement

EAN: 9781846146008
ISBN: 1846146003
Publisher: Penguin Global
Dimensions: 18 x 11.1 x 1.8 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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