- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Penn State University Press (September 30, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0271016787
- ISBN-13: 978-0271016788
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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The Plain Sense of Things: The Fate of Religion in an Age of Normal Nihilism
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“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 the Author
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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