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Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays

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Forthright and wryly humorous, philosopher Susan Haack deploys her penetrating analytic skills on some of the most highly charged cultural and social debates of recent years. Relativism, multiculturalism, feminism, affirmative action, pragmatisms old and new, science, literature, the future of the academy and of philosophy itself—all come under her keen scrutiny in Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate.

"The virtue of Haack's book, and I mean virtue in the ethical sense, is that it embodies the attitude that it exalts. . . Haack's voice is urbane, sensible, passionate—the voice of philosophy that matters. How good to hear it again."—Jonathan Rauch, Reason

"A tough mind, confident of its power, making an art of logic . . . a cool mastery."—Paul R. Gross, Wilson Quarterly

"Few people are better able to defend the notion of truth, and in strong, clear prose, than Susan Haack . . . a philosopher of great distinction."—Hugh Lloyd-Jones, National Review

"If you relish acute observation and straight talk, this is a book to read."—Key Reporter (Phi Beta Kappa)

"Everywhere in this book there is the refreshing breeze of common sense, patiently but inexorably blowing."—Roger Kimball, Times Literary Supplement

"A refreshing alternative to the extremism that characterizes so much rhetoric today."—Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Philosopher Susan Haack deploys her analytic skills on some highly charged cultural and social debates, such as relativism, multiculturalism, feminism, affirmative action, pragmatisms old and new, science , literature, the future of the academy and of philosophy itself.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1: Confessions of an Old-Fashioned Prig

2: "We Pragmatists ...": Peirce and Rorty in Conversation

3: As for that phrase "studying in a literary spirit" ...

4: "Dry Truth and Real Knowledge": Epistemologies of Metaphor and Metaphors of Epistemology

5: Puzzling Out Science

6: Science as Social? - Yes and No

7: Knowledge and Propaganda: Reflections of an Old Feminist

8: Multiculturalism and Objectivity

9: Reflections on Relativism: From Momentous Tautology to Seductive Contradiction

10: The best man for the job may be a woman ... and other alien thoughts on affirmative action in the academy

11: Preposterism and Its Consequences

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226311371
Author:
Haack, Susan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
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Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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