Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rorty on his own political Stance

In Thugs and Theorists, Rorty sketched his own stance as a social democrat and compared it to the stance of some of the people he agreed or disagreed with. In the closing section of that paper, Rorty focuses on the fact that philosophy should be treated like literature and that some people write books that are "relevant to current political practice"— he cites Mill, Dewey, Rawls, Habermas, Hugo, Zola, Dickens, Solzhenitsyn, Orwell —, while others write such that are not— he cites Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Wittgenstein, Woolf, Proust, Nabokov — , and that both are OK (p.572).

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