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Rewiring the RealIn Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo$
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Mark Taylor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160414

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160414.001.0001

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Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Two Styles of the Philosophy of Religion

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(p.250) 5 Concluding Unscientific Postscript
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Rewiring the Real
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Mark C. Taylor

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231160414.003.0005

This chapter explains the philosophical, theological, and artistic presuppositions that lie behind both Rewiring the Real and Refiguring the Spiritual—“Concluding Unscientific Postscript: Two Styles of the Philosophy of Religion.” It discusses how the current distinction between continental and analytic philosophy corresponds to Paul Tillich's distinction between the ontological and cosmological types. It then calls for a recasting of the distinction in a way that opens new possibilities for creative reflection. It suggests that it is more fruitful to think of two contrasting philosophical styles: one that models itself on art and one that models itself on an interpretation of science that is deliberately contrasted to art. This way of posing the issue is intentionally provocative because it suggests that there is nothing outside or beyond style. Furthermore, art and style are inseparable—there is no art without style and no style without art. The choice is not between style and nonstyle but between a style that represses its artistic and aesthetic facets and a style that expresses them stylistically. In order to examine the difference, the chapter explores alternative philosophical and theological styles through a consideration of the work of Martin Heidegger and Rudolph Carnap.

Keywords:   Paul Tillich, continental philosophy, analytic philosophy, art, science, style, Martin Heidegger, Rudolph Carnap

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