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The Performance of Pluralism and the Practice of Theory (For Richard Rorty)

The Performance of Pluralism and the Practice of Theory (For Richard Rorty) darren hutchinson Louisiana State University There is a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say there isn't. --Leonard Cohen, Stranger Music (202) I. argument: pluralistic theory opens itself toward different values, languages, histories, modes of reasoning, and forms of experience with a commitment not to reduce or hierarchize the many by means of the one. Such theory has emerged out of various traditions, including those associated with American pragmatism (Emerson, James, Dewey), analytic philosophy (Wittgenstein, Rorty), and continental philosophy (Derrida, Nancy). Not surprisingly, the pluralism issuing from these traditions takes diverse forms and articulates itself through heterogeneous concepts and styles. Many pluralist philosophers in the present, however, have inherited all of these traditions, not just one. Our networked relation to knowledge has expanded the latticework within us, allowing once opposed forms of theorizing to coexist and interplay. This historical contingency leads to the question of how to best articulate this co-belonging of multiple modalities of openness. In this essay, I attempt to answer this question not through developing a meta-pluralism that would govern and set the law for all the rest, thereby contradicting itself, but rather through orchestrating a gathering http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

The Performance of Pluralism and the Practice of Theory (For Richard Rorty)

The Pluralist , Volume 9 (2) – Jun 21, 2014

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darren hutchinson Louisiana State University There is a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say there isn't. --Leonard Cohen, Stranger Music (202) I. argument: pluralistic theory opens itself toward different values, languages, histories, modes of reasoning, and forms of experience with a commitment not to reduce or hierarchize the many by means of the one. Such theory has emerged out of various traditions, including those associated with American pragmatism (Emerson, James, Dewey), analytic philosophy (Wittgenstein, Rorty), and continental philosophy (Derrida, Nancy). Not surprisingly, the pluralism issuing from these traditions takes diverse forms and articulates itself through heterogeneous concepts and styles. Many pluralist philosophers in the present, however, have inherited all of these traditions, not just one. Our networked relation to knowledge has expanded the latticework within us, allowing once opposed forms of theorizing to coexist and interplay. This historical contingency leads to the question of how to best articulate this co-belonging of multiple modalities of openness. In this essay, I attempt to answer this question not through developing a meta-pluralism that would govern and set the law for all the rest, thereby contradicting itself, but rather through orchestrating a gathering

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Published: Jun 21, 2014

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