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Narrative, Religion and Science: Fundamentalism versus Irony, 1700-1999 [Paperback]

By Stephen Prickett (Author)
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Pages   290
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.16" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.03 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 3, 2010
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
ISBN  0521009839  
EAN  9780521009836  

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An increasing number of contemporary scientists, philosophers and theologians downplay their professional authority and describe their work as simply telling stories about the world. If this is so, Stephen Prickett argues, literary criticism can (and should) be applied to all these fields. Such new-found modesty is not necessarily postmodernist scepticism towards all grand narratives, but it often conceals a widespread confusion and na vety about what telling stories, description or narrative, actually involves. While postmodernists define narrative in opposition to the experimental knowledge of science (Lyotard), some scientists insist that science is itself story-telling (Gould); certain philosophers and theologians even see all knowledge simply as stories created by language (Rorty; Cupitt). Yet story telling is neither innocent nor empty-handed. Prickett argues that since the 18th century there have been only two possible ways of understanding the world: the fundamentalist, and the ironic.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Prickett is Professor of English, Australian National University.

Stephen Prickett has an academic affiliation as follows - Baylor University, University of Glasgow University of Glasgow Baylor.

Stephen Prickett has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

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Mastered irony  Dec 7, 2007
I would agree with the editorial reviews above, especially with regard to the book's wide range and readability. For those interested in Kierkegaard, it is worth noting that he provides a helpful comparison between SK and Richard Rorty on the issue of irony. As the title suggests, Prickett sees the world in terms of ironists and fundamentalists, and ends up placing SK in the former camp and Rorty in the latter. According to Prickett, Rorty is guilty of developing what he labels a "closed system" with "no external reality-check." He therefore finds SK's approach of "mastered irony" far more helpful. This discussion is carried on in Brad Frazier's work, and while Frazier comes to similar conclusions he is less dismissive of Rorty's contributions.

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