In Reshaping Reason, John McCumber breathes new life into American philosophy. Moving past the tired divide between "analytic" and "continental" camps, he proposes new directions to unite a discipline which has become more unfocused and invisible. McCumber recommends a new set of rational tools to enable philosophers and then puts these tools to work to redefine epistemology, ontology, and ethics. Reshaping Reason explores philosophy's achievements and failures in a cold light and paves the way for the discipline to become more meaningful and relevant to society at large.
<FMO>Contents<\> Preface Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations 1. Historico-Philosophical Prologue 2. Enlarging the Philosophical Toolbox 3. From Metaphysics to Ontologies 4. The Edge of Ethics Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index
John McCumber is Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Metaphysics and Oppression (IUP, 1999) and Philosophy and Freedom (IUP, 2000).
"McCumber's work provokes debate about the nature and the direction of philosophy itself, and so, in that sense, it is something of a meta-critique of the quietism many philosophers have resigned themselves to in the face of the encroaching metaphysical-absolutism of the scientific world-view. As agent-provocateur, McCumber's text is indeed a worthy effort . . . .Vol.1 2008"
"This is one of the most important books in philosophy in the 21st century. McCumber develops a new vocabulary and a new way of thinking outside the box concerning seven traditional ontologies, beginning with Plato. . . . Lively, original, provocative . . . he attains a new level of ethics and politics, and addresses the current world situation."