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Conversion in American PhilosophyExploring the Practice of Transformation$
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Roger A. Ward

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823223138

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823223138.001.0001

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The Evasion of Conversion in Recent American Philosophy

The Evasion of Conversion in Recent American Philosophy

(p.180) 7 The Evasion of Conversion in Recent American Philosophy
Conversion in American Philosophy

Roger A. Ward

Roger A. Ward

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on three contemporary philosophers who have contributed significantly to the development of pragmatism and American philosophy: Richard Rorty, Cornel West, and Robert Corrington. It argues that Rorty avoids the fundamental issue of personal transformation, which his own argument demands. West has attained the public notoriety of an intellectual with a program for transformation, drawing on Christian and philosophical resources for his sermonic challenge to culture. Conversion is central to West’s self-understanding, but it falls out of his programmatic speech. Corrington approaches philosophy from within the American perspective, but draws its thought up into the ongoing challenge of consciousness with itself. Transformation of human consciousness is the reality Corrington approaches from a platform of ecstatic naturalism.

Keywords:   Richard Rorty, Cornel West, Robert Corrington, pragmatism, conversion, transformation, American philosophy, American philosophers

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