1 September 2008

Pragmatism and Religion: Rorty and Stout

How does pragmatism's central tenet that the meaning and worth of ideas lies in their practical consequences comport with religious forms of life and the understandings of morality they fund? Does pragmatism's suspicion regarding traditional “supernaturalist” theologies leave any space to think alternatively about God and the human relationship with God? What role do pragmatists see for religion in a democratic society, if any? In addressing these questions, this seminar will focus on the work of Richard Rorty and Jeffrey Stout.

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