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Feeling Beyond the Text: Reflections on The Rorty Reader

Feeling Beyond the Text: Reflections on The Rorty Reader Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 8, No. 2 (December 2011), 205­212 Editions Rodopi © 2011 Examining key themes presented in the excellent Rorty Reader, this essay also argues that Rorty's philosophical import extends beyond the propositional content of his texts. After indicating how Rorty's central philosophical stance of anti-representationalism is expressed in his aestheticist advocacy of a pluralist literary culture and his theory that ethics and moral progress can be properly based only on sentiments rather than rationality, the paper explains why his philosophy should have therefore embraced the role of embodied experience rather than rejecting it. 1. On the centenary of Ralph Waldo Emerson's birth, William James said, The pathos of death is this, that when the days of one's life are ended, those days that were so crowded with business and felt so heavy in their passing, what remains of one in memory should usually be so slight a thing. The phantom of an attitude, the echo of a certain mode of thought, a few pages of print, some invention, or some victory we gained in a brief critical hour, are all that can survive the best of us. It is as if the whole of a man's http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Feeling Beyond the Text: Reflections on The Rorty Reader

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 8 (2): 205 – Apr 21, 2011

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Brill
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© Copyright 2011 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000210
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 8, No. 2 (December 2011), 205­212 Editions Rodopi © 2011 Examining key themes presented in the excellent Rorty Reader, this essay also argues that Rorty's philosophical import extends beyond the propositional content of his texts. After indicating how Rorty's central philosophical stance of anti-representationalism is expressed in his aestheticist advocacy of a pluralist literary culture and his theory that ethics and moral progress can be properly based only on sentiments rather than rationality, the paper explains why his philosophy should have therefore embraced the role of embodied experience rather than rejecting it. 1. On the centenary of Ralph Waldo Emerson's birth, William James said, The pathos of death is this, that when the days of one's life are ended, those days that were so crowded with business and felt so heavy in their passing, what remains of one in memory should usually be so slight a thing. The phantom of an attitude, the echo of a certain mode of thought, a few pages of print, some invention, or some victory we gained in a brief critical hour, are all that can survive the best of us. It is as if the whole of a man's

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Published: Apr 21, 2011

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