By Richard M. Rorty
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Rorty propounds, and faces squarely the implications of, a relativistic, non-essentialist view of guy and society. For him, attitudes, values, ideals, and practices are contingent phenomena of a specific time, position, and tradition, none of that is inherently larger or worse than the other. there's irony within the incontrovertible fact that one could become aware of this, but nonetheless hope, and paintings for, "human solidarity" and freedom. How those positions could be reconciled is the topic of this crucial ebook, no longer incidental to that are interesting discussions of Hegel, Heidegger, Habermas, Nietzsche, Nabokov, Freud, Dickens, and Orwell, between others. this can be Rorty at his so much stimulating, and he emerges as an incredible political theorist.
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Iro Bersani, Bas&hin and Fread (Berkeley: University of Cdifornia Press, 1977), p. r 38.
The rest of us are doomed to remain philosophers, to insist that there is really only one true lading-list, one true description of the human situation, one universal context of our lives. rVe are doomed to spend our conscious lives trying to escape from contingency rather than, like the strong poet, acknowledging and appropriating contingency. For Nietzsche, therefore, the line between the strong poet and the rest of the human race has the moral significance which Plato and Christianity attached to the distinction between the human and the animal.
Such a theory is "passing" because it musr constantly be corrected to allow for mumbles, stumbles, malapropisms, metaphors, tics, seizures, psychotic symptoms, egregious stupidity, strokes of genius, and the like. To make things easier, imagine that I am forming such a theory about the current behavior of a native of an exotic culture into which I have unexpectedly parachuted. This strange person, who presumably finds me equally strange, will simultaneously be busy forming a theory abour my behavior.
Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity by Richard M. Rorty