From: Asher Haig <ahaig@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 19:23:08 -0400
on 4/10/01 6:58 PM, Nathan Goralnik at rhizome85@xxxxxxxx wrote:
> You sound like Rorty here. In the autobiographical section of "Philosophy
> and Social Hope," he criticizes the idea "that the test of philosophical
> truth [is] overall coherence, rather than deducibility from unquestioned
> first principles" (10). Rorty also says on many occasions that theory is a
> toolbox. What's your problem with him?
The idea of "unquestioned first principles" is one problem.
Most other problems lie in his nationalism and the way he uses
public/private divisions in order to justify liberalism (and thus that
nationalism) as well as hide from any criticism.
My arguments above were a response to the defense of Rorty, not to Rorty.
Asher Haig ahaig@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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