Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity

Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity

Richard Rorty


during this booklet, significant American thinker Richard Rorty argues that thinkers comparable to Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein have enabled societies to determine themselves as ancient contingencies, instead of as expressions of underlying, ahistorical human nature, or as realizations of suprahistorical pursuits. This ironic standpoint at the human situation is effective however it can't improve Liberalism's social and political pursuits. actually, Rorty believes that it's literature and never philosophy which could do that, by way of selling a real feel of human cohesion. in particular, it's novelists reminiscent of Orwell and Nabokov who achieve awakening us to the cruelty of specific social practices and person attitudes. therefore, a very liberal tradition could fuse the non-public, person freedom of the ironic, philosophical viewpoint with the general public undertaking of human harmony because it is engendered throughout the insights and sensibilities of serious writers. Rorty makes use of a variety of references--from philosophy to social thought to literary criticism--to elucidate his ideals.

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