Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays

Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate Unfashionable Essays 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 multiculturali

  • Title: Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays
  • Author: Susan Haack
  • ISBN: 9780226311371
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ManifesForthright 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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    1. The title of this book is somewhat misleading. I thought it was a book about political moderation. Most manifestos are political, and the word "moderate" is usually a political label applied to people. This book does have a little bit of politics in it, but mostly it's a philosophy book. Serious philosophy. It was so packed with jargon that every sentence had a word I'd never heard of. But still, I powered through, because when she was being explicable, she was making some good points, often wit [...]

    2. 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.

    3. Simultaneously witty and earnest, scathing and disarming. Against obfuscation and fashionable relativism, Haack offers a sound philosophical defense of the possibility and value of legitimate intellectual inquiry, the pursuit of truth.

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