My job has been made easier tonight, given that Larry Hickman has already done most of the ‘heavy lifting’ for me. I think his paper is an excellent and convincing intervention into this debate, and one of the problems for me in constructing my talk has been that our discussions have forced me to rethink what I wanted to say. Given my Continental biases, I had expected to come out on Rorty’s side; in writing this paper, however, things have become more complicated. So let me here thank Larry for both at once making my job tonight easier, and much to my chagrin, surprisingly difficult. What I want to suggest, in contrast to what you’ve just heard, is that the neopragmatism of Richard Rorty is not wholly inconsistent with Dewey’s pragmatism – or, at least, with a ‘thin’ version of Deweyian pragmatism. As we shall see, while the differences between Dewey and Rorty on the status of metaphysics are in all probability irreconcilable, Rorty’s reclamation of a ‘thin’ Dewey can be read as consistent with at least the spirit of Dewey’s work. I will try to make the stronger case that this reconciliation is possible according to the letter of Dewey’s philosophy as well, and the interrelated issues of method and social hope will serve as the avenues for this investigation. Given my audience, I imagine that what I’m about to say will be fodder for some interesting conversation, and so, in the spirit of Rorty’s thought, let me get on with my paper.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
John Dewey and Richard Rorty: Qualitative Starting Points.Ken McClelland - 2008 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44 (3):pp. 412-445.
Post-Experimentalist Pragmatism.J. Waks Leonard - 1998 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 17 (1):17-28.
Rorty, Religious Beliefs, and Pragmatism.James Flaherty - 2005 - International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (2):175-185.
Dewey Between Hegel and Darwin.Richard Rorty - 1995 - In Herman J. Saatkamp (ed.), Rorty & Pragmatism: The Philosopher Responds to His Critics. Vanderbilt University Press.
Minds, Bodies, Experience, Nature: Is Panpsychism Really Dead?Warren G. Frisina - 1997 - In Donald A. Crosby & Charley D. Hardwick (eds.), Pragmatism, Neo-Pragmatism, and Religion: Conversations with Richard Rorty. Peter Lang.
Review: Of Westbrook, Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and the Politics of Truth. [REVIEW]Aaron Cooley - 2007 - Education and Culture 23 (2):pp. 76-79.
Comment: The Private and its Problems-Pragmatism, Pragmatist Feminism, and Homophobia.Bart Schultz - 1999 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29 (2):281-305.
Dewey's Philosophy and the Experience of Working: Labor, Tools and Language.Jim Garrison - 1995 - Synthese 105 (1):87 - 114.
Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism: Lessons From John Dewey.Larry A. Hickman - 2007 - Fordham University Press.
Added to index2010-05-30
Total downloads79 ( #64,167 of 2,152,002 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #398,812 of 2,152,002 )
How can I increase my downloads?
There are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.