Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing Hardback

The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England Before the Civil War

by Sara Paretsky;


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Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing

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Crime writer Sara Paretsky is known the world over for her acclaimed series of mysteries starring Chicago Private Investigator V. I. Warshawski, now in its seventeenth installment. Paretsky s work has long been inflected with history for her characters the past looms large in the present and in her decades-long career, she has been recognized for transforming the role of women in contemporary crime fiction. What s less well-known is that before Paretsky began her writing career, she earned a PhD in history from the University of Chicago with a dissertation on moral philosophy and religion in New England in the early and mid-nineteenth century. Now, for the first time, fans of Paretsky can read that earliest work, "Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing." Paretsky here analyzes attempts by theologians at Andover Seminary, near Boston, to square and secure Calvinist religious beliefs with emerging knowledge from history and the sciences. She carefully shows how the open-minded scholasticism of these theologians paradoxically led to the weakening of their intellectual credibility as conventional religious belief structures became discredited, and how this failure then incited reactionary forces within Calvinism. That historical conflict between science and religion in the American past is of interest on its face, but it also sheds light on contemporary intellectual battles. Rounding out the book, leading religious scholar Amanda Porterfield provides an afterword discussing where Paretsky s work fits into the contemporary study of religion. And in a sobering sometimes shocking preface, Paretsky paints a picture of what it was like to be a female graduate student at the University of Chicago in the 1970s. A treat for Paretsky s many fans, this book offers a glimpse of the development of the mind behind the mysteries."

Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing by Sara Paretsky was published by The University of Chicago Press in July 2016. The ISBN for Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing is 9780226337746.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press (July 2016)
Weight408g
Number of Pages176
Thickness25 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780226337746
ISBN-10022633774X
Product Code4450080
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