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Postmodern Pragmatism and Skeptical Hermeneutics: Richard Rorty and Odo Marquard

Postmodern Pragmatism and Skeptical Hermeneutics: Richard Rorty and Odo Marquard Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 1 (June 2013), 91­111 Editions Rodopi ©2013 Barry Allen Richard Rorty transforms classical American philosophy in a way that responds to contemporary currents in European thought. German hermeneutical philosopher Odo Marquard is not a well-known name in English-speaking philosophy, though Rorty knew him and his work. I develop some of their agreement and note the differences that comparison brings to light, which allow us to gauge Rorty's concessions (if that is what they are) to European postmodernism. Richard Rorty transforms classical American philosophy in a way that overcomes some of the ideological limitations of the first pragmatists, and responds to contemporary currents in European thought.1 In braiding pragmatism with postmodern European philosophy, Rorty inevitably accentuates certain strands of the American tradition at the expense of others. Instead of pragmatism as an alternative to continental postmodernism, which is the project of other neopragmatists, including Hilary Putnam and Joseph Margolis, Rorty's is a postmodernist pragmatism. There had always been two sides to classical pragmatism. One is critical, an iconoclastic assault on the European tradition, especially in epistemology and metaphysics. The other is constructive or, as Dewey said, reconstructive, a program for taking philosophy in a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Postmodern Pragmatism and Skeptical Hermeneutics: Richard Rorty and Odo Marquard

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 10 (1): 91 – Apr 21, 2013

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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 1 (June 2013), 91­111 Editions Rodopi ©2013 Barry Allen Richard Rorty transforms classical American philosophy in a way that responds to contemporary currents in European thought. German hermeneutical philosopher Odo Marquard is not a well-known name in English-speaking philosophy, though Rorty knew him and his work. I develop some of their agreement and note the differences that comparison brings to light, which allow us to gauge Rorty's concessions (if that is what they are) to European postmodernism. Richard Rorty transforms classical American philosophy in a way that overcomes some of the ideological limitations of the first pragmatists, and responds to contemporary currents in European thought.1 In braiding pragmatism with postmodern European philosophy, Rorty inevitably accentuates certain strands of the American tradition at the expense of others. Instead of pragmatism as an alternative to continental postmodernism, which is the project of other neopragmatists, including Hilary Putnam and Joseph Margolis, Rorty's is a postmodernist pragmatism. There had always been two sides to classical pragmatism. One is critical, an iconoclastic assault on the European tradition, especially in epistemology and metaphysics. The other is constructive or, as Dewey said, reconstructive, a program for taking philosophy in a

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Published: Apr 21, 2013

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