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Postmodern thinkers have demonstrated the fragmentation of the Enlightenment understanding of the self, society, and nature; for many, however, the postmodern alternatives—the pursuit of individual self-definition, utter skepticism regarding the relation between language and reality, or the embrace of ideological power—are unconvincing. In The Fullness of Knowing, by placing the most promising postmodern insights in dialogue with eighteenth-century critics of the Enlightenment, Daniel Ritchie argues that we can begin to overcome post-Enlightenment fragmentation without abandoning either coherence (as many postmoderns have done) or the valid insights of modern and postmodern thought (as many traditionalists have done).

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Unenlightened Writers and the Postmodern World
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Learning to Read, Learning to Listen in Robinson Crusoe
  2. pp. 9-36
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  1. 2. The Hymns of Isaac Watts and Postmodern Worship
  2. pp. 37-66
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  1. 3. Jonathan Swift’s Information Machine and the Critique of Technology
  2. pp. 67-94
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  1. 4. Christopher Smart’s Poetry and the Dialogue between Science and Theology
  2. pp. 95-126
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  1. 5. Festival and Discipline in Revolutionary France and Postmodern Times
  2. pp. 127-154
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  1. 6. Tradition as a Way of Knowing in Edmund Burke and Hans-Georg Gadamer
  2. pp. 155-184
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  1. 7. Reconciling the Heart with the Head in the Poetry of William Cowper and the Thought of Michael Polanyi
  2. pp. 185-210
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-268
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-276
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  1. Index
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