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By Richard M. Rorty

ISBN-10: 0231150563

ISBN-13: 9780231150569

Jeffrey W. Robbins (Foreword), Gianni Vattimo (Introduction), G. Elijah Dann (Conclusion)

Richard Rorty is legendary, even perhaps notorious, for his philosophical nonchalance. His groundbreaking paintings not just rejects all theories of fact but additionally dismisses glossy epistemology and its preoccupation with wisdom and illustration. while, the prestigious pragmatist believed there will be no universally legitimate solutions to ethical questions, which led him to a posh view of faith hardly ever expressed in his writings.

In this posthumous booklet, Rorty, a strict secularist, reveals within the pragmatic considered John Dewey, John Stuart Mill, William James, and George Santayana, between others, a political mind's eye shared by means of non secular traditions. His motive isn't to advertise trust over nonbelief or to blur the excellence among spiritual and public domain names. Rorty seeks basically to find styles of similarity and distinction so an ethics of decency and a politics of harmony can upward push. He really responds to Pope Benedict XVI and his crusade opposed to the relativist imaginative and prescient. no matter if maintaining theologians, metaphysicians, or political ideologues to account, Rorty is still steadfast in his competition to absolute uniformity and its exploitation of political strength.

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This notable presentation of Rorty's influential strategies can be of worth to these grounded within the research of philosophy, faith, and their interaction.

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...concise yet none the fewer immensely thoughtful...

(Roman Madzia Pragmatism this day 1900-01-00)

This booklet makes for attention-grabbing analyzing. it's a infrequent philosophy publication that may be a page-turner that may be learn in a single or sittings.

(Daniel Dombrowski Sophia 1900-01-00)

Richard Rorty's argument relatively essentially and succinctly brings the claims of pragmatism to concerns on the middle of Catholic politics-a conflict among relativism and fundamentalism that's in lots of methods emblematic of the bigger struggles among spiritual and secular traditions around the globe.

(Robert T. Valgenti, Lebanon Valley university)

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2 3 RICHARD RORTY R I C H A R D R O R T Y I don’t think that we can go back at all, either to the secularism of Odysseus or to the days of Mohammed or to the days of Christ or the days of Abraham. We know much more than any of these prophets and heroes and visionaries knew. We have accumulated more experience than they had. We are not closer to any universal truth than they are. We are not closer to anything transcendent than they were. We are simply more experienced, more able to see what will cause harm and what might do good.

In the relativist vision, there never was, and never will be, a truth that is greater than we are. The very idea of such a truth is a confusion of ideals with power. As relativists like myself see the matter, the struggle between relativism and fundamentalism is between two great products of the human imagination. It is not a contest between a view that corresponds to reality and one that does not. It is between two visionary poems. One offers a vision of vertical ascent toward something greater than the merely human; the other offers a vision of horizontal progress toward a planetwide cooperative commonwealth.

In the relativist vision, there never was, and never will be, a truth that is greater than we are. The very idea of such a truth is a confusion of ideals with power. As relativists like myself see the matter, the struggle between relativism and fundamentalism is between two great products of the human imagination. It is not a contest between a view that corresponds to reality and one that does not. It is between two visionary poems. One offers a vision of vertical ascent toward something greater than the merely human; the other offers a vision of horizontal progress toward a planetwide cooperative commonwealth.

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