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Post-Philosophy and meliorism. The aesthetic challenge of Richard Rorty
Author/s: Rosa M. Calcaterra 
Year:  2012 Issue: 44 Language: Italian 
Pages:  18 Pg. 7-24 FullText PDF:  355 KB
DOI:  10.3280/LAS2012-044001
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The centrality of the temporal category of the future and the importance of «human conversation» are the basic aspects of Rorty’s version of American democratic thought and pragmatist philosophy. Reiterating the basic assumptions of U.S. meliorism, Rorty shows the convergence of authors such as John Dewey and William James and the European anti-foudationalist instances, in view of a radical rethinking of philosophical practice. Philosophy should not be intended as a search of the ultimate substance of reality but rather as an edifying commitment based on the criterion of Social Hope. The authors of pragmatism are freely revisited by Rorty, who shares with James and Dewey particularly the confidence in the experimental and constructing capacities of human intelligence as well as in the individuals’ cooperation, putting aside Peirce and his important notion of "infinite hope".

Rosa M. Calcaterra, Post-Philosophy and meliorism. The aesthetic challenge of Richard Rorty in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 44/2012, pp. 7-24, DOI:10.3280/LAS2012-044001


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