Knowing Other-Wise: Epistemology at the Threshold of Spirituality
Knowing Other-wise calls into question the Western philosophical tradition of giving pride of place to reason in the acquisition of knowledge. ... Show synopsis Knowing Other-wise calls into question the Western philosophical tradition of giving pride of place to reason in the acquisition of knowledge. Reasoning is only one of the many ways in which we engage, i.e., know, the world. We know more than we think. We know by touch, by feel, by taste, by sight, by sounds, by smell, by symbols, by sex, by trust - by means of every modality of human experience. Tracing connections between epistemology, ethics, and spirituality - between "knowing" and the "other, " between an other and the Other - all the essays serve as points of convergence between postmodern discussions and the Calvinist spirituality which is the home for writers in this collection. In particular, this collection explores the contributions of feminist thought and such thinkers as Emmanuel Levinas, Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida, and John D. Caputo to a spiritually and ethically sensitive knowing.