Conjectures by James Leatt, originally published in 2021 by Karavan Press, will be released in the United States following Wipf & Stock’s acquisition of US rights.
Established in 1995, Wipf and Stock Publishers has been publishing books that serve the church and academy under its general imprint, Wipf & Stock. The publishing focus of Wipf & Stock is broad, offering titles in biblical studies, theology, ethics, church history, linguistics, history, classics, philosophy, preaching, and church ministry.
Conjectures is Professor James Leatt’s philosophical reflection on his life and times as he grapples with the realities of parish work in black communities, teaching ethics in a business school under apartheid, managing a university in the dying days of the Nationalist regime, and eventually working in higher education in post-apartheid South Africa.
Weaving strands of his personal life with the questions of theodicy and modernity as well as drawing upon the Western philosophical tradition and the wisdom of East Asian traditions such as Taoism and Buddhism, he comes to terms with a disenchanted reality which has no need for supernatural or magical thought and practice.
He has learned to live with questions. If you no longer believe in God and a sacred text, what are your sources of meaning? What kind of moral GPS allows you to find your way? Is what might be called a secular spirituality even possible?
Conjectures traces the author’s search for a secular way of being that is meaningful, mindful and reverent.
Subtitle: Living with questions
Author: James Leatt
Date Released: August 2021
Publisher: Karavan Press
Extent: 221 pp
World rights (excl South Africa and US) available.