The End of the Fantastic Dream: Testifying to the Truth in the "Post" Condition

Bruce Ellis Benson

Whereas the ancient Greek vision for philosophy was the achievement of an adequatio intellectus ad rei (literally, a one-to-one correspondence between mind and object), postmodern critique has seriously called the possibility of that vision into question. In this paper, Bruce Benson spells out the ideal of "adequation," shows how postmodern criticism is prefigured in the philosophical tradition, and explains why such criticism should be taken seriously. As an alternative to adequation, he suggests the biblical notion of "testifying," in which human knowledge is recognized as technically inadequate but still practically adequate. Mr. Benson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College.

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