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Taliaferro essay featured in new book

TaliaferroCharles250x373St. Olaf College Professor of Philosophy Charles Taliaferro penned a chapter in the recently released Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought.

Taliaferro’s chapter is titled “Prolegomena,” which is a term that refers to an introductory essay that sets the stage for what is to follow. The chapter discusses the methodology and basic approaches to take when digesting philosophical discourse.

“What if many reasonable, fair-minded people read what follows and disagree about the conclusions?” Taliaferro writes. “I think there needs to be more dialogue and reflection, not despair or suspending one’s conclusions or beliefs. In philosophy, disagreement is almost inevitable, and yet it can be seen, not as a flaw, but as a powerful motivator and opportunity for growth and further, richer communication, exercising philosophically the golden rule and good samaritanism.”

The book has received high praise from scholars around the country.

This is not the first time Taliaferro has played a prominent role in a Routledge publication. He edited the Routledge Companion to Theism that was released last September.