The Fullness of Knowing

The Fullness of Knowing

Modernity and Postmodernity from Defoe to Gadamer

by Daniel E. Ritchie

290 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781602583313
  • Published: July 2010

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Postmodern thinkers have demonstrated the fragmentation of the Enlightenment understanding of the self, society, and nature; for many, however, the postmodern alternatives--the pursuit of individual self-definition, utter skepticism regarding the relation between language and reality, or the embrace of ideological power--are unconvincing. In The Fullness of Knowing, by placing the most promising postmodern insights in dialogue with eighteenth-century critics of the Enlightenment, Daniel Ritchie argues that we can begin to overcome post-Enlightenment fragmentation without abandoning either coherence (as many postmoderns have done) or the valid insights of modern and postmodern thought (as many traditionalists have done).