Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature

Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature

30 years ago Richard Rorty argued that philosophers had developed an unhealthy obsession with the notion of representation: comparing the mind to a mirror that reflects reality. The book now stands as a classic of 20th-century philosophy.

Author: Richard Rorty

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691141320

Category: Philosophy

Page: 439

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30 years ago Richard Rorty argued that philosophers had developed an unhealthy obsession with the notion of representation: comparing the mind to a mirror that reflects reality. The book now stands as a classic of 20th-century philosophy.
Categories: Philosophy

Reading Rorty

Reading Rorty

In 'Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature' Richard Rorty presented his provocation and influential vision of the post-philosophical culture, calling upon professional philosophers to accept that epistemology is dead, that the analytic method ...

Author: Alan R. Malachowski

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 0631161481

Category: Analysis (Philosophy)

Page: 384

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In 'Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature' Richard Rorty presented his provocation and influential vision of the post-philosophical culture, calling upon professional philosophers to accept that epistemology is dead, that the analytic method is a myth, and that philosophy and science are merely forms of literature.
Categories: Analysis (Philosophy)

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

In this GuideBook to Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature Tartaglia analyzes this challenging text and introduces and assesses: Rorty's life and the background to his philosophy the key themes and arguments of Philosophy and the Mirror of ...

Author: James Tartaglia

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134176717

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

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Richard Rorty is one of the most influential, controversial and widely-read philosophers of the twentieth century. In this GuideBook to Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature Tartaglia analyzes this challenging text and introduces and assesses: Rorty's life and the background to his philosophy the key themes and arguments of Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature the continuing importance of Rorty's work to philosophy. Rorty and the Mirror of Nature is an ideal starting-point for anyone new to Rorty, and essential reading for students in philosophy, cultural studies, literary theory and social science.
Categories: Philosophy

A Mirror to Nature

A Mirror to Nature

Press, 1971); Richard Rorty, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (Princeton:
Princeton Univ. Press, 1979). 3. J. Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages (
New York: Anchor, 1948), p. 201. 4. G.D. Josipovici, The World and the Book (
London: ...

Author: Rose A. Zimbardo

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813164984

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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In this provocative study Rose Zimbardo examines a crucial revolution in aesthetics that took place in the late seventeenth century and that to this day dominates our response to literature. Although artists of that time continued to follow the precept "imitate nature," that nature no longer corresponds to the earlier understanding of the term. What had been in essence an allegorical mode came to be a literal one. Focusing on the drama of the period as an exemplary form, Zimbardo shows how it moved from depicting a metaphysical reality of idea to portraying an inner reality of individual experience. But drama is constrained in expressing the inner experience since its medium is limited to human action. The novel arose to replace drama as the popular literary form, Zimbardo argues, because it could better and more freely convey man's inner world and thereby imitate the "new" nature. The study concluded that the changes which took place in drama during this period and which led to the invention of the novel resulted not from any "change of heart" or sensibility but from a fundamental change in the understanding of the nature which art was thought to imitate. Neither the drama of the 1690s nor the early novel, Zimbardo finds, was in the least "sentimental." A Mirror to Nature brings a new critical perspective to bear on literary developments at the end of the seventeenth century -- one that must be considered by critics and historians of the period.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Central Works of Philosophy v5

Central Works of Philosophy v5

Mirror. of. Nature. Alan. Malachowski. When we try to examine the mirror in itself,
we discover in the end nothing but the ... (Nietzsche 1995: 127) Richard Rorty's
Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature may be viewed as a sustained meditation on
 ...

Author: John Shand

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317494331

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

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Central Works of Philosophy is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's Republic to the present day, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its central ideas, and an assessment of the work's importance. Together these books provide an unrivaled companion for studying and reading philosophy, one that introduces the reader to the masterpieces of the western philosophical canon. This volume covers the central texts in the history of analytic philosophy from Quine's Word and Object (1960) to the present day. The texts range over political philosophy, ethics, metaphysics and the philosophies of language, mind and logic and represent some of the most important philosophical work of the last forty years. Students and non-specialists who may find the technicality of some of the texts forbidding will welcome the clarity of exposition and exegesis that the essays provide. Taken together the essays provide both a map and compass for the current philosophical landscape and will prove a valuable resource not only for undergraduate and postgraduate philosophy students but for teachers and researchers in allied disciplines who need an understanding of the preoccupations of contemporary philosophy.
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Swimming Against the Current in Contemporary Philosophy

Swimming Against the Current in Contemporary Philosophy

Consider the title of Rorty's major work, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. Now
as we all know, the thesis of that book boils down to the contention that it is
singularly wrong-headed for philosophy to try to be, much less to go on any
longer ...

Author: Harry B. Veatch

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 9780813230764

Category: Philosophy

Page: 348

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Looks at being a follower of Aristotle or St. Thomas Aquinas in a modern philosophical world.
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The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy

The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy

... philosophy was also employed by contemporaneous colleagues of Tugendhat
such as Derrida in Of Grammatology (1967), Rorty in Philosophy and the Mirror of
Nature (1979), Vattimo in The Adventure of Difference (1980), and Habermas ...

Author: Santiago Zabala

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231512978

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Contemporary philosopher—analytic as well as continental tend to feel uneasy about Ernst Tugendhat, who, though he positions himself in the analytic field, poses questions in the Heideggerian style. Tugendhat was one of Martin Heidegger's last pupils and his least obedient, pursuing a new and controversial critical technique. Tugendhat took Heidegger's destruction of Being as presence and developed it in analytic philosophy, more specifically in semantics. Only formal semantics, according to Tugendhat, could answer the questions left open by Heidegger. Yet in doing this, Tugendhat discovered the latent "hermeneutic nature of analytic philosophy" its post-metaphysical dimension—in which "there are no facts, but only true propositions." What Tugendhat seeks to answer is this: What is the meaning of thought following the linguistic turn? Because of the rift between analytic and continental philosophers, very few studies have been written on Tugendhat, and he has been omitted altogether from several histories of philosophy. Now that these two schools have begun to reconcile, Tugendhat has become an example of a philosopher who, in the words of Richard Rorty, "built bridges between continents and between centuries." Tugendhat is known more for his philosophical turn than for his phenomenological studies or for his position within analytic philosophy, and this creates some confusion regarding his philosophical propensities. Is Tugendhat analytic or continental? Is he a follower of Wittgenstein or Heidegger? Does he belong in the culture of analysis or in that of tradition? Santiago Zabala presents Tugendhat as an example of merged horizons, promoting a philosophical historiography that is concerned more with dialogue and less with classification. In doing so, he places us squarely within a dialogic culture of the future and proves that any such labels impoverish philosophical research.
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Philosophy Humanity and Ecology

Philosophy  Humanity and Ecology

Philosophy of Nature and Environmental Ethics Odera Oruka. 7. THE. IMAGE. OF
. HUMANITY. AS. THE. IMAGE. OF. NATURE. Yersu Kim Seoul National
University, South Korea Philosophy as the mirror of nature and the Kantian
challenge A ...

Author: Odera Oruka

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 0788126768

Category:

Page: 367

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The first volume of the proceedings of the Nairobi World Conference of Philosophy (July 21-25, 1991). Includes 40 papers: environment and the philosophy of nature; philosophy, politics and language; and discussions on environmental ethics. Extensive references.
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Truth

Truth

T. H. Green, Introduction to David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, ed. T. H.
Green and T. H. Grose, London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1874, p. 16. 7.
Richard Rorty, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Oxford: Blackwell, 1980, p.
140.

Author: Simon Blackburn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199883349

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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The author of the highly popular book Think, which Time magazine hailed as "the one book every smart person should read to understand, and even enjoy, the key questions of philosophy," Simon Blackburn is that rara avis--an eminent thinker who is able to explain philosophy to the general reader. Now Blackburn offers a tour de force exploration of what he calls "the most exciting and engaging issue in the whole of philosophy"--the age-old war over truth. The front lines of this war are well defined. On one side are those who believe in plain, unvarnished facts, rock-solid truths that can be found through reason and objectivity--that science leads to truth, for instance. Their opponents mock this idea. They see the dark forces of language, culture, power, gender, class, ideology and desire--all subverting our perceptions of the world, and clouding our judgement with false notions of absolute truth. Beginning with an early skirmish in the war--when Socrates confronted the sophists in ancient Athens--Blackburn offers a penetrating look at the longstanding battle these two groups have waged, examining the philosophical battles fought by Plato, Protagoras, William James, David Hume, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Richard Rorty, and many others, with a particularly fascinating look at Nietzsche. Among the questions Blackburn considers are: is science mere opinion, can historians understand another historical period, and indeed can one culture ever truly understand another. Blackburn concludes that both sides have merit, and that neither has exclusive ownership of truth. What is important is that, whichever side we embrace, we should know where we stand and what is to be said for our opponents.
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The Rorty Reader

The Rorty Reader

Philosophy. and. the. Mirror. of. Nature: Introduction. and. Chapter. VIII.
Introduction. Philosophers usually think of their discipline as one which discusses
perennial, eternal problems – problems which arise as soon as one reflects.
Some of ...

Author: Christopher J. Voparil

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405198318

Category: Philosophy

Page: 548

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"In the last sentence of a posthumously published article, Richard Rorty wrote: "...individual men and women are more fully human when their memories are amply stocked with verses". Equally, we might say that they are more humane and wide-ranging thinkers when their minds are amply stocked with Rorty's subtle thoughts. We should be grateful for the editors of this anthology for giving us so many." Philip Kitcher, Columbia University "Pragmatist," "historicist," "literary," "anti-analytical," "postmodernist," "neo-liberal," "humanist," "ethnocentric" ù all these (and many other) terms have been applied to Richard Rorty, both as compliments and as insults. This careful selection from his writings, along with Christopher Voparil's excellent introduction, explains why. It charts Rorty's many philosophical twists and turns and it illuminates the intellectual and political commitments that provide his thinking with a deep continuity. And it brings back, for a broad audience, Rorty's characteristic voice: both simple and sophisticated, witty and passionate, light-handed and erudite, controversial and accommodating, detailed and sweeping, critical and hopeful ù above all, unmistakably individual and deeply missed." Alexander Nehamas, Princeton University "The Rorty Reader is a remarkable editorial accomplishment. By bringing together a wide variety of Richard Rorty's controversial and yet inspiring writings, Bernstein and Voparil provide an excellent introduction to this important thinker. The addition, their own insightful introductory chapter, makes the collection essential reading for everyone who wants to gain a better understanding of not just the significance of Rorty's philosophical contribution, but that of modern thought in general." Alan Malachowski, University of Stellenbosch The Rorty Reader represents the first comprehensive collection of the writings of Richard Rorty, one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers, best known for the controversial Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979). Gathering together key essays from over four decades of writings, the volume offers an in-depth introduction to the philosopher's life and prolific body of work. Topics addressed include the continuities and transformations that span Rorty's early training in the history of philosophy, his engagement with the analytic tradition, and the 1979 publication that brought him international renown. Particular attention is devoted to his later political writings, including his turn to literature as the vehicle of moral reflection most suitable to democratic life, and his embrace of philosophy as cultural politics. With selections from The Linguistic Turn (1967), Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989), Achieving Our Country (1998), and his four volumes of philosophical papers, including Philosophy as Cultural Politics (2007), as well as in-depth interviews and revealing autobiographical pieces, The Rorty Reader offers a compelling and representative view of Rorty's relationship with American pragmatism and the overall intellectual trajectory of his philosophical and political thought. Christopher J. Voparil is on the Graduate Faculty of Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, OH, where he teaches philosophy and political theory. He is the author of Richard Rorty: Politics and Vision (2006), and has published articles in Contemporary Pragmatism, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and Education and Culture. He is also the current Secretary of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. Richard J. Bernstein is Vera List Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York. His most recent book is The Pragmatic Turn (Polity, 2010).
Categories: Philosophy

Rorty and the Religious

Rorty and the Religious

Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher Jacob L. Goodson, Brad
Elliott Stone ... Establishment of Religious Belief Keith Starkenburg Since the
publication of Richard Rorty's Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Alvin
Plantinga has ...

Author: Jacob L. Goodson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781610974288

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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Prior to his death in 2007, the self-described secular philosopher Richard Rorty began to modify his previous position concerning religion. Moving from "atheism" to "anti-clericalism," Rorty challenges the metaphysical assumptions that lend justification to abuses of power in the name of religion. Instead of dismissing and ignoring Rorty's challenge, the essays in this volume seek to enter into meaningful conversation with Rorty's thought and engage his criticisms in a constructive and serious way. In so doing, one finds promising nuggets within Rorty's thought for addressing particular questions within Christianity. The essays in this volume offer charitable yet fully confessional engagements with an impressive secular thinker. Contributors to this Volume: Stanley Hauerwas Eric Hall Barry Harvey D. Stephen Long Charles Marsh David O'Hara Jason Springs Donald G. Wester Keith Starkenburg Roger Ward
Categories: Philosophy

The Last Conceptual Revolution

The Last Conceptual Revolution

A Critique of Richard Rorty's Political Philosophy Eric Gander, Professor Eric M
Gander ... The worldview proffered in the last section of Philosophy and the Mirror
of Nature - the view that all we have is the conversation , and that we should face
 ...

Author: Eric Gander

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791440095

Category: Philosophy

Page: 235

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A critique of Rorty's own provocative political philosophy, as well as an in-depth look at both the issues concerning the relationship between the public and the private, and arguments on the role of reason in liberal political discourse generally.
Categories: Philosophy

John Dewey s Theory of Art Experience and Nature

John Dewey s Theory of Art  Experience  and Nature

The last decade has witnessed the gradual but steady revival of interest in the
philosophy of John Dewey, whose thought had suffered virtual total ... Ever since
the publication of Richard Rorty's Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature in 1979, ...

Author: Thomas M. Alexander

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0887064256

Category: Philosophy

Page: 325

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Thomas Alexander shows that the primary, guiding concern of Dewey's philosophy is his theory of aesthetic experience. He directly challenges those critics, most notably Stephen Pepper and Benedetto Croce, who argued that this area is the least consistent part of Dewey's thought. The author demonstrates that the fundamental concept in Dewey's system is that of "experience" and that paradigmatic treatment of experience is to be found in Dewey's analysis of aesthetics and art. The confusions resulting from the neglect of this orientation have led to prolonged misunderstandings, eventual neglect, and unwarranted popularity for ideas at odds with the genuine thrust of Dewey's philosophical concerns. By exposing the underlying aesthetic foundations of Dewey's philosophy, Alexander aims to rectify many of these errors, generating a fruitful new interest in Dewey.
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Philosophy and the Idea of Freedom

Philosophy and the Idea of Freedom

The Essential Tension of Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature – or a Tale of Two
Rortys Reason would overstep all its limits if it took upon itself to explain how
pure reason can be practical. This would be identical with the task of explaining
how ...

Author: Roy Bhaskar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136967016

Category: Philosophy

Page: 202

View: 922

First published in 2011. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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African Philosophy

African Philosophy

13. quences in Western philosophy, see Richard Rorty, Philosophy and the
Mirror of Nature (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979). . A Greek word
which, in the classical period, “covered a wide range of meanings expressed by
quite ...

Author: Guttorm Fløistad

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400935174

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

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This publication is a continuation of two earlier series of chroni cles, Philosophy of the Mid-Century (Firenze 1958/59) and Con temporary Philosophy (Firenze 1968), edited by Raymond Klibansky. Like the other series, these chronicles provide a survey of significant trends in contemporary philosophical discussion from 1970 to 1985. The need for such surveys has, I believe, increased rather than decreased over the last years. The philosophical scene appears, for various reasons, more complex than ever before. The continuing process of specialization in most branches, the emergence of new schools of thought, the convergence of interest (thought not neces sarily of opinion) of different traditions upon certain problems, the increasing attention being paid to the history of philosophy in discussions of contemporary problems, and the growing signifi cance for philosophical discourse of the social, political and cul tural situation in various regions of the world are the most impor tant contributory factors. Surveys of the present kind are a valu able source of knowledge of this complexity and may as such be an assistance in renewing the understanding of one's own philo sophical problems. The surveys, it is to be hoped, may also help to strengthen a world-wide Socratic element of modern philosophy, the dialogue or Kommunikationsgemeinschaft. So far, five volumes have been prepared for the new series.
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Richard Rorty

Richard Rorty

After Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Rorty's next book was an important
collection of articles gathered together in 1982 under the title Consequences of
Pragmatism (CP). Since it fleshed out more details of “various topics dealt with ...

Author: Alan Malachowski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317490104

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Richard Rorty is notorious for contending that the traditional, foundation-building and truth-seeking ambitions of systematic philosophy should be set aside in favour of a more pragmatic, conversational, hermeneutically guided project. This challenge has not only struck at the heart of philosophy but has ricocheted across other disciplines, both contesting their received self-images and opening up new avenues of inquiry in the process. Alan Malachowski provides an authoritative overview of Rorty's considerable body of work and a general assessment of his impact both within philosophy and in the humanities more broadly. He begins by explaining the genesis of Rorty's central ideas, tracking their development from suggestions in his early papers through their crystallization in his groundbreaking book, "Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature". Malachowski evaluates some of the common criticisms of Rorty's position and his ensuing pragmatism. The book examines the subsequent evolution of his ideas, focusing particularly on the main themes of his second major work, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity. The political and cultural impact of Rorty's writings on such diverse fields as feminism, cultural and literary theory, and international relations are also considered, and the author explores why Rorty's work has generally found its warmest reception in these areas rather than among mainstream philosophers.
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One Hundred Twentieth Century Philosophers

One Hundred Twentieth Century Philosophers

objective, external nature, has been a persuasive and dominating presence in
Western thought, at least from the time of ... Rorty has always been acutely
selfconscious about the nature of philosophical activity, and Philosophy and the
Mirror of ...

Author: Stuart Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134680368

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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One Hundred Twentieth-Century Philosophers offers biographical information and critical analysis of the life, work and impact of some of the most significant figures in philosophy this century. Taken from the acclaimed Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Philosophers, the 100 entries are alphabetically organised, from Adorno to Zhang Binglin, and cover individuals from both continental and analytic philosophy. The entries have an identical four-part structure making it easy to compare and contrast information, comprising: * biographical details * a bibliography of major works * a listing of relevant secondary and critical literature * an appraisal of the philosopher's thoughts and achievements. A separate glossary provides an introduction to the origins, development and main features of major philosophical schools and movements and offers select bibliographies to guide the reader to further research.
Categories: Philosophy

Philosophy its History and Historiography

Philosophy  its History and Historiography

God's Word isreceived by authoritative revelation; nature by man's 'glassy
essence' or what Rortycalls themind's mirror. Just asthe doctrines of revelation
and inspiration explain how we know God, so the philosophy of knowledge
explains how ...

Author: Alan J. Holland

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400953178

Category: History

Page: 337

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The Royal Institute of Philosophy has been sponsoring conferences in alternate years since 1969. These have from the start been intended to be of interest to persons who are not philosophers by profession. They have mainly focused on interdisciplinary areas such as the philosophies of psychology, education and the social sciences. The volumes arising from these conferences have included discussions between philosophers and distinguished practitioners of other disciplines relevant to the chosen topic. Beginning with the 1979 conference on 'Law, Morality and Rights' and the 1981 conference on 'Space, Time and Causality' these volumes are now constituted as a series. It is h
Categories: History

Socratic Rationalism and Political Philosophy

Socratic Rationalism and Political Philosophy

For a more recent expression of this view, see Richard Rorty, Philosophy and the
Mirror of Nature, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980), pp. 156-59;
Nietzsche makes a distinction between Socrates and Plato, the complexities of
which ...

Author: Paul Stern

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791415740

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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In this new interpretation of Plato’s Phaedo, Paul Stern considers the dialogue as an invaluable source for understanding the distinctive character of Socratic rationalism. First, he demonstrates, contrary to the charge of such thinkers as Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Rorty, that Socrates’ rationalism does not rest on the dogmatic presumption of the rationality of nature. Second, he shows that the distinctively Socratic mode of philosophizing is formulated precisely with a view to vindicating the philosophic life in the face of these uncertainties. And finally, he argues that this vindication results in a mode of inquiry that finds its ground in a clear understanding of the problematical but enduring human situation. Stern concludes that Socratic rationalism, aware as it is of the limits of reason, still provides a nondogmatic and nonarbitrary basis for human understanding.
Categories: Political Science