Category Archives: Postmodernity

The Either/or Dichotomy, Modernity, Fundamentalism, the Grinch, and Epiphany

The hallmark of modernity is a refusal of paradox and mystery and a commitment to an either/or, black and white, dichotomous way of perception.  This, in turn, is the breeding ground of all fundamentalism, whether secular or religious.  It is … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Six—Truth in the Postmodern Situation—Part Five—Hermeneutics

Caputo begins the next section regarding ‘paradigm shifts’ this way: “First, Reason suffered a body blow from Heidegger’s hermeneutics in 1927, then a shot to the head from Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations (1951); finally there came the knockout punch from Thomas … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Six—Truth in the Postmodern Situation—Part Three—Hermeneutics

We will continue now with the third highlight of hermeneutics discussed in the last post.  Caputo continues with the issue of creationism and how such is a bad interpretation of both the Bible and science. “It is worth mentioning that … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Six—Truth in the Postmodern Situation—Part Two—Hermeneutics

Of the three highlights mentioned in the last post on Caputo, the first one is hermeneutics.  Caputo: “The one word that I think best sums up the postmodern turn is ‘hermeneutics’, which means the theory of interpretation.  I treat hermeneutics … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Six—Truth in the Postmodern Situation—Part One

After narrating our philosophical history and showing how we arrived here, Caputo brings us up to our current time.  Regardless what one thinks of his reading of that history, in its general outline, in its general emphasis, in its general … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Five—Postmodern Prophets—Part Three

Continuing with Nietzsche, we come to his idea of “eternal recurrence.”  *Caputo puts it thus: “Eternal recurrence is the mythic idea that the course of time will be repeated over and over again, and has already been repeated an infinite … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Four—The Enlightenment and Its Critics: A Short History—Part One

Caputo begins chapter four with these questions: “How did we get from Augustine to Derrida?  What happened to truth in modernity to precipitate the postmodern turn?” To answer those questions, Caputo tells us that such, “…requires a closer look… [of] … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Two—What Do We Do With Religious Truth?—Part Two–

To further flesh out where Caputo is going regarding religion he brings up two historical figures who were very insightful as to the condition and effects of modernity.  He first brings up Max Weber (1864-1920), who, as he notes, “was … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter Two—What Do We Do With Religious Truth?—Part One

Caputo begins the chapter with this humorous story: “One day one of our children came home from school and announced to us that he was an atheist.  I had two responses.  First, I said, never tell that to your grandmother.  … Continue reading

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Caputo: Chapter One—Modernity and the Eclipse of Truth—Part Five

Caputo finishes up chapter one sort of summarizing where he thinks we are, what modernity has led to, and how he plans to proceed.  He begins: “In modernity, truth was not eliminated, of course, but eclipsed, truncated, cut down to … Continue reading

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