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Reshaping Reason : Toward a New Philosophy

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In Reshaping Reason, John McCumber breathes new life into American philosophy. Moving past the tired divide between "analytic" and "continental" camps, he proposes new directions to unite a discipline which has become more unfocused and invisible. McCumber recommends a new set of rational tools to enable philosophers and then puts these tools to work to redefine epistemology, ontology, and ethics. Reshaping Reason explores philosophy's achievements and failures in a cold light and paves the way for the discipline to become more meaningful and relevant to society at large.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 figures
  • 0253219361
  • 9780253219367
  • 1,497,827

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This is one of the most important books in philosophy in the 21st century. McCumber develops a new vocabulary and a new way of thinking outside the box concerning seven traditional ontologies, beginning with Plato. . . . Lively, original, provocative . . . he attains a new level of ethics and politics, and addresses the current world situation. * Choice * McCumber's work provokes debate about the nature and the direction of philosophy itself, and so, in that sense, it is something of a meta-critique of the quietism many philosophers have resigned themselves to in the face of the encroaching metaphysical-absolutism of the scientific world-view. As agent-provocateur, McCumber's text is indeed a worthy effort . . . .Vol.1 2008 * Perspectives * This is one of the most important books in philosophy in the 21st century. McCumber (German, UCLA) develops a new vocabulary and a new way of thinking outside the box concerning seven traditional ontologies, beginning with Plato. He rejects both what he calls the fantasy island of analytic philosophy carried on in the timeless present and the endless struggle of postmodern Continental philosophies, in order to advocate a philosophy that is both postanalytic and metacontinental-and relevant! He is not alone. McCumber says that a whole posse of contemporary American philosophers is now riding to philosophy's rescue, so he joins them and articulates his thinking in terms of logic, ontology, and ethics. This is not his first book to address the situation of American philosophy. There was Metaphysics and Oppression: Heidegger's Challenge to Western Philosophy (CH, Apr'00, 37-4434, Outstanding Academic Title), Philosophy and Freedom: Derrida, Rorty, Habermas, Foucault (2000), and then Time in the Ditch: American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era (CH, Oct'01, 39-0867), each getting more confident and daring. Now, in the final chapter of this lively, original, and provocative book, McCumber attains a new level of ethics and politics, and addresses the current world situation. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-level undergraduates and above.October 2005 -- R. E. Palmer * emeritus, MacMurray College *show more

About John McCumber

John McCumber is Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Metaphysics and Oppression (IUP, 1999) and Philosophy and Freedom (IUP, 2000).show more

Table of contents

Contents Preface Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations 1. Historico-Philosophical Prologue 2. Enlarging the Philosophical Toolbox 3. From Metaphysics to Ontologies 4. The Edge of Ethics Epilogue Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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