Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth: Philosophical Papers

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Cambridge University Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 226 pages
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In this volume Rorty offers a Deweyan account of objectivity as intersubjectivity, one that drops claims about universal validity and instead focuses on utility for the purposes of a community. The sense in which the natural sciences are exemplary for inquiry is explicated in terms of the moral virtues of scientific communities rather than in terms of a special scientific method. The volume concludes with reflections on the relation of social democratic politics to philosophy.
 

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Rorty has added an introduction to 14 papers previously published between 1980 and 1989. The three main sections offer a contention that knowledge, including scientific knowledge, is not a matter of ... Read full review

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Contents

Solidarity or objectivity?
21
Science as solidarity
35
Is natural science a natural kind?
46
Pragmatism without method
63
Texts and lumps
78
An antidualist account of interpretation
93
Part II
111
Nonreductive physicalism
113
Representation social practise and truth
151
Hesse and Davidson on metaphor
162
Part III
173
The priority of democracy to philosophy
175
Postmodernist bourgeois liberalism
197
A reply to Clifford Geertz
203
A response to JeanFrancois Lyotard
211
Index of names
223

Pragmatism Davidson and truth
126

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