Narrative, Religion, and Science

Narrative, Religion, and Science

Fundamentalism Versus Irony, 1700-1999

eBook - 2002
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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 naivety about what 'telling stories', 'description' or 'narrative' actually involve. 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. Register, rhetoric and imagery all manipulate in their own ways; above all, irony emerges as the natural mode of our modern fragmented culture.
Prickett argues that since the eighteenth century there have been only two possible ways of understanding the world: the fundamentalist, and the ironic."--Jacket.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780511042225
0511042221
9780511613456
0511613458
9780511045134
0511045131
9780511157080
0511157088
9781280419553
1280419555
9780521009836
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 281 pages)
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