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The Plain Sense of Things By James C. Edwards

The Plain Sense of Things
by James C. Edwards

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This study investigates the loss of religion's traditional power in a culture characterized by a "normal nihilism" - a situation in which one's commitment to a set of values is all one has and traditional religion is just a means of interpretation.
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The Plain Sense of Things: The Fate of Religion in an Age of Normal Nihilism by James C. Edwards

What could it mean to be religious in a world where religion no longer retains its former authority? Posing this question for his fellow Western intellectuals who inhabit just such a world, James C. Edwards investigates the loss of religion's traditional power in a culture characterized by what he calls "normal nihilism"-a situation in which one's commitment to a particular set of values is all one really has, and in which traditional religion is only a means of interpretation used to preserve what one most cares about. Recognizing the important historical role of religion in making us the people we are, he seeks to establish a viable understanding of religion without traditional beliefs and within the context of contemporary skepticism.

The Plain Sense of Things is a book more interested in the power of religion that in its truth and in what happens to that power when the claims to truth slacken their grip.

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The Plain Sense of Things Reviews


"This is a book of wisdom that mines the fading of our past religious convictions to show how they might provide a way to go on in what Edwards wonderfully calls `normal nihilism.'"

-Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University


"The Plain Sense of Things is a wonderfully learned book that has much to teach us about Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Thoreau, and Stevens. But it is more than that because it includes passages of philosophical reflection that surpass in profundity and clarity some of the famous works it interprets. The book's central question is what it means to accept fully and acknowledge honestly the contingency of whatever there is. James Edwards somehow manages to address this question thoughtfully and intelligibly without resorting to the cant, posturing, and hubris one so often finds these days in other writers who concern themselves with `nihilism' or `the death of God.'"

-Jeffrey Stout, Princeton University

About James C. Edwards


James C. Edwards is Professor of Philosophy at Furman University. He is the author of Ethics Without Philosophy: Wittgenstein and the Moral Life (1985) and The Authority of Language: Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and the Threat of Philosophical Nihilism (1990).

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GOR010388785
The Plain Sense of Things: The Fate of Religion in an Age of Normal Nihilism by James C. Edwards
James C. Edwards
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pennsylvania State University Press
1997-09-30
262
0271016787
9780271016788
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