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"G. Elijah Dann's argument that Richard Rorty's metaphilosophy could be a resource for the transformation of theology places the reader squarely in the midst of contemporary intellectual developments. This is a fascinating study." James R. Horne, University of Waterloo

mention- The Chronicle of Higher Education/ October 13, 2006


"Richard Rorty advocates a markedly different conception of philosophy. His position, predictably, has generated abundant criticism in the philosophical literature, with reactions ranging from thoughtful critique to thoughtless rebuff. Refreshingly, Dann's book approaches the context from an alternate angle. Rather than investigating the degree to which Rorty is correct, Dann concerns himself with extending Rorty's position to the ethical and religious spheres...Dann's thesis about the viability of theology conceived along edifying lines is quite reasonable. Also, his minor disagreements, particularly the notion of translation, are persuasive...the book is a thoughtful exploration of Rorty's metaethics and philosophy of religion. It is well researched in that it offers abundant quotations and footnotes to support its claims. It is best suited to philosophers who have an interest in contemporary theology, metaphilosophy, and Rorty." —Aaron Landry, Philosophy in Review

"Although the book does not focus explicitly on political theology, if its analysis is correct, it should be of interest to those engaged in reflection about the political aspects and impacts of religion and theology ... Dann exhibits a close and receptive (though not completely uncritical) familiarity with Rorty's corpus of writings, discerning developments and tensions within his thinking and incipient philosophy of religion, deftly tracking how his views have changed and nuanced over the years." - Political Theology (Tobias Winright)

"This book examines Rorty's metaphilosophy and his developing thought over the years on the possibilities for religion and political life...it should be of interest to those engaged in reflection about the political aspects and impacts of religion and theology...Dann exhibits and close and receptive familiarity with Rorty's corpus of writings, discerning developments and tensions within his thinking and incipient philosophy of religion, deftly tracking how his views have changed and
nuanced over the years....Dann argues that as long as theologians and philosophers of religion keep in mind the limitations of philosophy, along with the limitations of God-talk, then there is no reason why
they cannot continue to take God-talk seriously in the present post-Philosophical context....Dann shows that he is definitely an expert on things Rortyan...I do indeed recommend it, especially to those who
undertake 'the analysis and criticism of political arrangements' from
a theological perspective." - Political Theology (Tobias Winright Political Theology)

“Richard Rorty advocates a markedly different conception of philosophy. His position, predictably, has generated abundant criticism in the philosophical literature, with reactions ranging from thoughtful critique to thoughtless rebuff. Refreshingly, Dann’s book approaches the context from an alternate angle. Rather than investigating the degree to which Rorty is correct, Dann concerns himself with extending Rorty’s position to the ethical and religious spheres…Dann’s thesis about the viability of theology conceived along edifying lines is quite reasonable. Also, his minor disagreements, particularly the notion of translation, are persuasive…the book is a thoughtful exploration of Rorty’s metaethics and philosophy of religion. It is well researched in that it offers abundant quotations and footnotes to support its claims. It is best suited to philosophers who have an interest in contemporary theology, metaphilosophy, and Rorty.” –Aaron Landry, Philosophy in Review

“Although the book does not focus explicitly on political theology, if its analysis is correct, it should be of interest to those engaged in reflection about the political aspects and impacts of religion and theology … Dann exhibits a close and receptive (though not completely uncritical) familiarity with Rorty’s corpus of writings, discerning developments and tensions within his thinking and incipient philosophy of religion, deftly tracking how his views have changed and nuanced over the years.” - Political Theology (Sanford Lakoff)

"This book examines Rorty's metaphilosophy and his developing thought over the years on the possibilities for religion and political life…it should be of interest to those engaged in reflection about the political aspects and impacts of religion and theology…Dann exhibits and close and receptive familiarity with Rorty's corpus of writings, discerning developments and tensions within his thinking and incipient philosophy of religion, deftly tracking how his views have changed and
nuanced over the years….Dann argues that as long as theologians and philosophers of religion keep in mind the limitations of philosophy, along with the limitations of God-talk, then there is no reason why
they cannot continue to take God-talk seriously in the present post-Philosophical context….Dann shows that he is definitely an expert on things Rortyan…I do indeed recommend it, especially to those who
undertake 'the analysis and criticism of political arrangements' from
a theological perspective." - Political Theology (Sanford Lakoff Political Theology)

About the Author

G. Elijah Dann is Visiting Research Fellow at The Center for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, Canada. His previous publications include Philosophy: A New Introduction (co-edited with Douglas Mann), Wadsworth, 2004, and numerous journal articles.

More About the Author

G. Elijah Dann holds the Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Waterloo and the Doctorat en Théologie from the Université de Strasbourg, France. He is author of God and the Public Square (Lexington Press, 2010); co-author of Philosophy: A New Introduction (Wadsworth Press, 2005), author of After Rorty: The Possibilities for Ethics and Religious Belief (Continuum Press, 2006), and contributing author, with Richard Rorty and Gianni Vattimo, of An Ethics for Today: Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion (Columbia University Press).

Dann has taught in departments of religion, philosophy, and health sciences, including the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Along with his teaching, research, and writing responsibilities, from 1999-2007, he also served as the Clinical Ethicist for Grand River Hospital in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. He now teaches for the Seniors Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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