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Rorty, Epistemology And Literature

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Rorty has many ways of telling the story of how philosophical thought came to reject the set of problems and perhaps more importantly, the set of expectations that had directed the endeavour for millennia. He takes a much broader approach, examining the contradictions introduced into modern philosophy by the work of Descartes, Locke and Kant, and how the dialectical resolution of these problems had led, inexorably and irrevocably, to a rejection of the premises upon which they are founded. The main focus of the work, is on illustrating that analytic philosophy has come to such an impasse, through showing that their epistemological claims do not stand up to the rigorous scrutiny that they themselves demand. The negative aspect of Rortys approach is brought out most strikingly towards the end of Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature in his discussion between systematic and edifying philosophy.

Keywords: dialectical resolution; epistemological claims; modern philosophy; Rorty



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