The term 'postmodern' is generally used to refer to current work in philosophy, literary criticism, and feminist thought inspired by Continental thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Jacques Derrida. In this book, Nancey Murphy appropriates the term to describe emerging patterns in Anglo-American thought and to indicate their radical break from the thought patterns of Enlightened modernity. The book examines the shift from modern to postmodern in three areas: epistemology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics. Murphy contends that whole clusters of terms in each of these disciplines have taken on new uses in the past fifty years and that these changes have radical consequences for all areas of academia, especially philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and ethics.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Anglo-American Postmodernity -- Philosophy of Science -- Scientific Realism and Postmodern Philosophy -- Postmodern Antirelativism -- Postmodern Proliferation and Progress in Science -- Philosophy of Religion -- Beyond Modern Liberalism and Fundamentalism -- Philosophical Resources for Postmodern Conservative Theology -- Postmodern Philosophy of Language and Textual Relativism -- Science, Religion, and Ethics -- Theology and Postmodern Philosophy of Science -- Theology and Ethics in the Hierarchy of the Sciences -- Supervenience and the Nonreducibility of Ethics to Biology -- Postscript