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Flight from Authority: Religion, Morality, and the Quest for Autonomy (REVISIONS) Paperback – June 1, 1987
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Stout's purpose is largely to help us make sense of the scientism and logical positivism of the 20th century. Unlike many books on the subject which take pot shots at Descartes in place of argument, Stout elicidates how "scientia" ended up shouldering the entire burden of human knowledge in a way it could not sustain. The return to a role for "belief" and "authority" and human beings in the process of "inquiry" helps the neopragmatic Stout make sense of his own "nonfoundationalism." Stout defies Rorty's claim that the only way to do philosophy nowadays is through satire. No, Stout takes seriously his predecessors at the same time he tells the story of how we have come to understand the very concept of knowledge.