S. Clark Buckner and Matthew Statler

in Styles of Piety

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225002
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237081 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy


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The introduction describes the choice of chapters assembled as an attempt to explore the viability of the philosophical search for objective values in the post-Nietzsche world of philosophy. The chapters posit that philosophy, after evolving from pure theology to the rationality of the Age of Reason, has in the modern period rejected rationality as a basis for ethics and teleology, and must now find a newer, more personalized basis, i.e., a “style of piety”. The genesis of this search for philosophical style is reviewed in terse fashion, starting with Kant, followed by Hegel, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Adorno, Heidegger, Derrida, and Deleuze. As philosophy evolves into stylism, the key meta-question becomes how any attack on reason as a source of morality can itself claim to be based on reason. The introduction concludes with an explanation of the categorization of the chapters into three groups.

Keywords: Kant; Hegel; Nietzsche; Kierkegaard; Adorno; Heidegger; Derrida; Deleuze; rationalism; ethics

Chapter.  4588 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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