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“Redeeming Rorty’s Private-Public Distinction”

“Redeeming Rorty’s Private-Public Distinction” Rorty uses the private–public distinction as a conceptual tool to uphold the ideal of self–creation (Romanticism) simultaneously to the ideal of solidarity (Enlightenment liberalism). The difficulty of accommodating these two apparently opposing ideals has led Rorty to make inconsistent and contradictory claims about the private–public distinction. This article suggests a way of easing the tension that exists around Rorty’s formulations of the distinction. It does so by turning to the thematic of “self–enlargement” to be found in Rorty’s later writings. By presenting self–enlargement as a common feature of self–creation and solidarity, this reading opens up a way of reconciling these two ideals and mitigating some of the difficulties in Rorty’s private–public distinction. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

“Redeeming Rorty’s Private-Public Distinction”

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 13 (3): 319 – Aug 23, 2016

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Brill
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© 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Articles
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
DOI
10.1163/18758185-01303005
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Abstract

Rorty uses the private–public distinction as a conceptual tool to uphold the ideal of self–creation (Romanticism) simultaneously to the ideal of solidarity (Enlightenment liberalism). The difficulty of accommodating these two apparently opposing ideals has led Rorty to make inconsistent and contradictory claims about the private–public distinction. This article suggests a way of easing the tension that exists around Rorty’s formulations of the distinction. It does so by turning to the thematic of “self–enlargement” to be found in Rorty’s later writings. By presenting self–enlargement as a common feature of self–creation and solidarity, this reading opens up a way of reconciling these two ideals and mitigating some of the difficulties in Rorty’s private–public distinction.

Journal

Contemporary PragmatismBrill

Published: Aug 23, 2016

Keywords: Richard Rorty; Private–Public Distinction; Pragmatism; Romanticism; Enlightenment; Liberalism

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