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Peirce, Pragmatism, and the Logic of Scripture Paperback – January 27, 2005

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ISBN-13: 978-0521604499 ISBN-10: 0521604494 Edition: 1st Pbk. Ed

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Editorial Reviews


"[A] brilliant and detailed study.... complex, forcefully conceived." Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"This is a fascinating and complex book." Wayne Proudfoot, The Journal of Religion

"Like Peirce's texts themselves, this book is difficult but important. To scholars of religion familiar with Peirce, this book is invaluable." Religious Studies Review

"This book is an intellectual immensely rewarding study." Pro Ecclesia

Book Description

This is the first study of Charles Peirce's philosophy as a form of writing and the first study of his pragmatic writings as a critique of the modern attempt to change society by writing philosophy. Ochs argues that, as corrected by the pragmatists, the task of modern philosophy is, through writing, to diagram the otherwise hidden rules through which modern society repairs itself. Peirce labelled this elemental writing "enscribing," or "scripture." Redescribing Peirce's pragmatism as "the logic of scripture," Peter Ochs suggests that Christians and Jews may in fact re-read pragmatism as a logic of Scripture: that is, as a modern philosopher's way of diagramming the Bible's rules for repairing broken lives and healing societal suffering. writes his philosophy and suggests that pragmatism re-reads the abstractness of modern philosophic writing as a way of both exhibiting and hiding the every day problems that may have given rise to it. By uncovering problems that are hidden in philosophy, the pragmatist may also uncover every day rules for repairing these problems.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (January 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521604494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521604499
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,551,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Ochs (Phd Yale; MA Jewish Theological Seminary) is Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. He has been Member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton and Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He co-founded the Society for Textual Reasoning, The Society for (Abrahamic) Scriptural Reasoning, and the Cambridge University Scriptural Reasoning Theory Group, and he co-directs the Center of Theological Inquiry "Scriptural Reasoning Research Group" in Princeton. He is co-editor, with Stanley Hauerwas and Ebrahim Moosa, of the series "Encountering Traditions," (for Stanford University Press); serves on the editorial boards of Modern Theology, Theology Today, and of Crosscurrents and is past co-chair of the Study of Judaism Section of the American Academy of Religion. He is co-author of Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity. His books include Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews (2011, Brazos); Daniel Hardy, Wording a Radiance (as editor, SCM Press, 2010); The Free Church and Israel's Covenant (Canadian Mennonite Press, 2010); Peirce, Pragmatism and the Logic of Scripture (Cambridge U. Press, 1998), Reviewing The Covenant: Eugene Borowitz and the Postmodern Renewal of Theology (SUNY Press, 2000), Reasoning after Revelation: Dialogues in Postmodern Jewish Philosophy (with Robert Gibbs and Steven Kepnes, Westview Press, 1998); and the edited collections David Halivni, Breaking the Tablets: Jewish Theology After Shoah (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); The Return to Scripture in Judaism and Christianity (Paulist, 1993);Understanding the Rabbinic Mind (Scholar's Press, 1990); and the co-edited collections Christianity in Jewish Terms (Westview, 2000), Textual Reasonings (SCM/Eerdmans, 2002) and John Howard Yoder,The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited (SCM/Eerdmans, 2003) and Crisis, Call and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009). He is currently editing The Tent of Meeting: A Place for Muslim-Jewish-Christian Study and writing Come, Study! Teaching and Learning Scriptural Reasoning.

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This is an amazing book! Linking postmodernism, semiotics and scripture into a single conceptual framework is a feat that is most effectively accomplished by Professor Ochs. Hopefully, the practical pragmatic implications and recommended actions that naturally fall out will be taken up by those who recognize that a relational turn away from nominalism and Cartesianism are critically important going forward...
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