Postmodernist Liberalism: A Critique of Richard Rorty's Political Philosophy

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (3):455 - 463 (2008)
Abstract
Richard Rorty's philosophy has two basic commitments: one to postmodernism and the other to liberalism. However, these commitments generate tension. As a postmodernist, he sharply criticizes the Enlightenment; as a liberal, he forcefully defends it. His postmodernist liberalism actually explains liberalism using irrationalism. /// 罗蒂哲学有两个基本承诺,一个是对后现代主义的承诺,一个是对自由主义 的承诺。但是这两种承诺之间存在着紧张关系: 作为后现代主义者,罗蒂对启蒙提 出了强烈的批评; 作为自由主义者,他又在极力地维护启蒙。罗蒂的后现代自由主 义实质上是以非理性主义来解释自由主义。.
Keywords liberalism “Problem-Plutocrats”   postmodernism   political philosophy   Richard Rorty
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