I started this blog 4 years ago as a defence and explanation of the pluralism expounded by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Kelly in their book ALL THINGS SHINING, first published in January 2011, and in their lectures and seminars leading up to and following that publication. In particular I admired Dreyfus’s lecture series: “From gods to God and back“, tracing the history of pluralism from Homer’s polytheism, through its onto-theological abandonment, to its return in Herman Melville’s novels.
Initially enthusiastic, I came to the conclusion that their book was not pluralist enough. Despite gestures of daring to think outside the dominant paradigms, their thought was often restrained within intellectually conservative conclusions. Pluralist thinkers with “wilder” conclusions, such as Feyerabend and Deleuze, were passed over in silence, despite substantial resemblances in theme, references, and arguments.
I have written a review explaining why I think the book is important and interesting, and regretting that it is unjustly neglected. I also discuss its intellectual and stylistic flaws, but conclude that it is a must read for anyone interested in epistemological and ontological pluralism – not just as theoretical possibilities, but as something that can enrich your life.