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Hegel and Rorty, or, How Hegel Saves Pragmatism from Itself

The Owl of Minerva 37 (2):99-125 (2006)
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This paper argues that Hegel and Rorty agree in rejecting foundationalism, but diverge significantly in their critiques of it, with important consequences for their visions of postfoundational discourse. An analysis of the Phenomenology of Spirit indicates how Hegel effects a thoroughly immanent critique of foundationalism. In contrast, the flaws of Rorty’s critique are shown to trap him in a cryptofoundationlism which undermines his efforts to endorse humanism, realism, and pluralism. Hegel’s successful transcendence of foundationalism is disclosed as enabling his postfoundational philosophy which succeeds in providing coherent articulations of the nature and truth of humanism, realism, and pluralism
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