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Consequences Of Pragmatism: Essays 1972-1980 Paperback – October 18, 1982
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The essays are well-written and generally not too difficult, so they should be an accessible summary of his philosophical views for the intellectual reader. Despite the sometimes rather dry subject-matter, such as reviewing the developments in 20th Century philosophy of language, Rorty applies humor and optimism to skilfully polemicize against this tradition. This leads to witty phrases and interesting observations such as: "taking how and what one does in bed as definitive of one's being seems a specifically masculine trait", "granted that Derrida is the latest and largest flower on the dialectical kudzu vine of which the 'Phenomenology of Spirit' was the first tendril, does that not merely show the need to uproot this creeping menace? Can we not all see (...Read more ›
He wrote in the Preface to this 1982 collection, "This volume contains essays written during the period 1972-1980... I no longer agree with everything said in these essays... nor are they entirely consistent with each one another. I reprint them nevertheless because... the general drift of what they say still seems right."
He states in the Introduction, "the ONLY debating point which the realist has is his conviction that the raising of the good old metaphysical problems (are there REALLY universals?...) served some good purpose... was important. What the pragmatist wants to debate is just this point. He ... [wants] to discuss ...WHETHER the practice which hopes to find a Philosophical way of isolating the essence of Truth has, in fact, paid off... The real issue is about the place of Philosophy in Western philosophy, the place of... texts which raise the `deep' Philosophical problems which the realist wants to preserve." (Pg.Read more ›
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This book might be a good place to start trying to gain a complete knowledge of the historicity of secret thoughts. "Hegel's historicism" (p. Read morePublished on November 12, 2003 by Bruce P. Barten