Portions of this paper were presented as a lecture, “What Enables Interaction between Religion and Science? A Consideration of Primary Concepts” at the Chicago Advanced Seminar on Religion in an Age of Science on April 27, 1992.
A NEOPRAGMATIST PERSPECTIVE ON RELIGION AND SCIENCE
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Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 337–349, September 1993
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Robbins, J. W. (1993), A NEOPRAGMATIST PERSPECTIVE ON RELIGION AND SCIENCE. Zygon, 28: 337–349. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1993.tb01038.x
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- our language;
- religious humanism;
Abstract. Pragmatists, most notably John Dewey and Richard Rorty, propose overcoming the modern split between science and values with a new image of ourselves as language users. In this new self-understanding, both our scientific and evaluative vocabularies are integral parts of self-reliant human problem solving and coping with the larger natural environment. Our language is not the medium of any higher power from which it derives its legitimacy. On this view, the principal matter at issue between pragmatists and realists so far as interaction between religion and science is concerned is the moral one of human self-reliance.