Logic and Other Nonsense

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Logic is often seen as the bedrock of intellectual life. It aims to be straight-forward, true, clear. But in this provocative book of postmodern philosophy, Ermanno Bencivenga presents an extended reflection on the subversive nature of logic--logic that is not stable and certain, but deceptive and tortuous. The author uses Anselm, the Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of the eleventh century, as his case study to show how human reason can be devious. In Anselm's famous texts, his beliefs are not at stake, he is sure of them--he only seeks to under-stand his faith, not to prove it. But by looking at Anselm's writings as a whole, Bencivenga argues that they undermine Anselm's own interpretation. Not only can reason be more effective than force in fighting the unorthodox, but it can also be a subtle way of undermining orthodoxy.


Bencivenga demonstrates how reason plays different roles at the different levels of Anselm's project. For its authoritarian subject, reason imposes a limit on its rebellious character. For its subversive subject, reason opens up an infinite arena for experimentation whose end will never be reached. Ultimately, Logic and Other Nonsense asks hard questions about the nature of philosophy in Anselm's world, as well as our own.


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"A subtle account not only of the paradoxes of reason in Anselm but the intrinsic paradoxes of reason itself . . . . Much of this is captured in Bencivenga's brilliant discussion of 'the self' that does the reasoning, in his deployment of John Le Carre's novel A Perfect Spy."--Bernd Magnus, University of California, Riverside


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"Is there anything new to be said about Anselm's Proslogion? Bencivenga has done so in this provocative essay in postmodern philosophy.... This book will find an enduring place among the many Anselm commentaries."--Choice

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