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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846146003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846146008
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Caputo's entertaining investigation into the nature of truth . . . sets out his case confidently, enlisting Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Derrida as his allies. (His explanation of Derrida's thought is one of the clearest that I've read.) . . . The starting point for a more sophisticated discussion (David Wolf Prospect)

Caputo has done a fine job of clarifying and classifying the postmodernist approach to truth and reality. His readable and eloquent book is an excellent guide to the outlook common in a certain strain of Continental European philosophy (The Times Literary Supplement)

About the Author

John D. Caputo is a specialist in contemporary hermeneutics and deconstruction with a special interest in religion in the postmodern condition. The Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University, he has spearheaded an idea he calls weak theology.


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If you are looking for a book which deals with the main theories of truth in systematic fashion then Caputo's book is not for you. If, however, you are looking for a book which explicates the postmodern notion of truth as on the move, without falling into the trap of relativism, then this is the book for you. Caputo's style is elegant and witty. He manages to steer a course between the two poles of dogmatism and relativism with great skill. His heroes are Kierkegaard and Derrida, so this should give some idea of the kind of approach he takes. But if you understand Kierkegaard as claiming that truth is subjective and thus whatever I choose, and Derrida as being the destroyer of truth in favour of an irresponsible playful reading of all texts, then Caputo will make you think again.

A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening read.
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A very difficult topic dealt with lucidly and even simply. I finally got to understand what post-modernism actually means, not relativism or nihilism, but something more like a common sense scepticism.
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A thought-provoking, humbling read. Caputo's style is informal and often humorous, yet this should not be mistaken for a lack of intelligence or seriousness. Indeed, there seems to be no better way to deal with the monolith of 'Truth' than by teasing out the complexities and developments with a few well placed jokes and linguistic manipulations. This book inspired a kind of intellectual 'Renaissance' in me, since it forces one into an uncomfortable position with yourself, and everything you hold to be secure and 'true'. While I may never be able to see the world the same, it is a shift that I am glad to have had, and hope that others will potentially let themselves experience a similar thing.
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Excellent book surveying and clarifying the postmodern view on truth. Friendly written style with charming quips and well-observed examples. Not for someone looking for discourse in the analytic tradition, but nonetheless recognises this tradition.
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