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J. Wentzel van Huyssteen: Refiguring Rationality in the Postmodern Age

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Abstract:

In his three books J. Wentzel van Huyssteen develops a complex and helpful notion of rationality, avoiding the extremes of foundationalism and postmodern relativism and deconstruction. Drawing from several postmodern philosophers of science and evolutionary epistemologists who seek to devise a usable notion of rationality, he weaves together a view that allows for a genuine duet betweenscience and theology. In the process he challenges much contemporary nonfoundationalist theology as well as the philosophical naïveté of some cosmologists and sociobiologists.

Keywords: Calvin Schrag; Harold Brown; Imre Lakatos; J. Wentzel van Huyssteen; John Milbank; Joseph Rouse; Larry Laudan; Mikael Stenmark; Nancey Murphy; Nicholas Rescher; Ronald Thiemann; Susan Haack; William Stoeger; critical realism; evolutionary epistemology; fideism; postfoundationalism; postmodernism; transversality

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00284

Affiliations: Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at William Rainey Harper College

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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