Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 1, 2000 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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Forthright and wryly humorous, philosopher Susan Haack deploys her penetrating analytic skills on some of the most highly charged cultural and social debates of recent years. Relativism, multiculturalism, feminism, affirmative action, pragmatisms old and new, science, literature, the future of the academy and of philosophy itself—all come under her keen scrutiny in Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate.

"The virtue of Haack's book, and I mean virtue in the ethical sense, is that it embodies the attitude that it exalts. . . Haack's voice is urbane, sensible, passionate—the voice of philosophy that matters. How good to hear it again."—Jonathan Rauch, Reason

"A tough mind, confident of its power, making an art of logic . . . a cool mastery."—Paul R. Gross, Wilson Quarterly

"Few people are better able to defend the notion of truth, and in strong, clear prose, than Susan Haack . . . a philosopher of great distinction."—Hugh Lloyd-Jones, National Review

"If you relish acute observation and straight talk, this is a book to read."—Key Reporter (Phi Beta Kappa)

"Everywhere in this book there is the refreshing breeze of common sense, patiently but inexorably blowing."—Roger Kimball, Times Literary Supplement

"A refreshing alternative to the extremism that characterizes so much rhetoric today."—Kirkus Reviews
  

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Haack (philosophy, Univ. of Miami; Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism, LJ 10/1/96) offers 11 essays that neatly demonstrate the multilayered truth of this collection's title. In a ... Read full review

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Anyone interested in honest inquiry must read this book. Haack's hope that one can remain objective in observation is sure to be dismissed by some. But her argument for such an approach is very compelling. Read full review

Contents

Confessions of an OldFashioned Prig
7
We Pragmatists Peirce and Rorty in Conversation
31
As for that phrase studying in a literary spirit
48
Dry Truth and Real Knowledge Epistemologies of Metaphor and Metaphors of Epistemology
69
Puzzling Out Science
90
Science as Social?Yes and No
104
Knowledge and Propaganda Reflections of an Old Feminist
123
Multiculturalism and Objectivity
137
Reflections on Relativism From Momentous Tautology to Seductive Contradiction
149
The best man for the job may be a woman and other alien thoughts on affirmative action in the academy
167
Preposterism and Its Consequences
188
Acknowledgments
209
Index
213
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Susan Haack is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at the University of Miami. She is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books, among them Evidence and Inquiry and Defending Science, Within Reason, and of many articles in legal, philosophical, and scientific journals. Haack is one of a tiny number of living philosophers included in Peter J. King, 100 Philosophers: The Life and Work of the World's Greatest Thinkers (2004); and she appeared on The Independent on Sunday's list of the ten most important women philosophers of all time (2005).

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