Tuesday, May 5, 2009

God and Meaning

As shocked as I am to find Stanley Fish writing about anything that has immutable meaning, I have to recommend this review he's written on Terry Eagleton's book, Reason, Faith and Revolution.

"'Faith and knowledge,' Eagleton concludes, are not antithetical but 'interwoven.' You can’t have one without the other, despite the Satanic claim that you can go it alone by applying your own independent intellect to an unmediated reality: 'All reasoning is conducted within the ambit of some sort of faith, attraction, inclination, orientation, predisposition, or prior commitment.' Meaning, value and truth are not 'reducible to the facts themselves, in the sense of being ineluctably motivated by a bare account of them.' Which is to say that there is no such thing as a bare account of them. (Here, as many have noted, is where religion and postmodernism meet.)"

Stanley Fish?

HT: Ann Althouse

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