Rorty and His Critics (Philosophers and their Critics) by Robert B. Brandom

By Robert B. Brandom

The ebook jacket lays out the fundamentals:

Essays, written by means of 13 of the main individual dwelling philosophers, including Rorty's giant replies to every, and different new fabric via him, provide by means of a long way the main thorough and considerate dialogue of the paintings of the philosopher who has been referred to as “the finest thinker alive.”

But -- rather -- what a line-up! Brandom, Putnam, Dennett, Davidson, Conant, et al. And after each one essay, Rorty replies at size, in his personal transparent, incisive, and infrequently off-handed kind. this may function a very good creation to Rorty's pragmatism, in addition to a manner of drilling down into the contests on the middle of those ideas.

Perhaps you'll say that those critics aren't particularly all that serious -- that the majority of them are anti-foundational allies. yet i'm going to go away that that you should make a decision. For me, i locate the discussions approximately small components of war of words way more fascinating and helpful.

Here is the entire contributor checklist (with Rorty's replies and introductory essay omitted):

• Jürgen Habermas: Richard Rorty's Pragmatic Turn"
• Donald Davidson: "Truth Rehabilitated"
• Hilary Putnam: "Richard Rorty on fact and Justification"
• Daniel Dennett: "The Case for Rorts"
• John McDowell: "Towards Rehabilitating Objectivity"
• Jacques Bouveresse: "Reading Rorty: Pragmatism and its Consequences"
• Robert Brandom: "Vocabularies of Pragmatism"
• Michael Williams "Epistemology and the replicate of Nature"
• Barry Allen "What used to be Epistemology?"
• Akeel Bilgrami: "Is fact a target of Inquiry?: Rorty and Davidson on Truth"
• James Conant: "Freedom, Cruelty and fact: Rorty as opposed to Orwell"
• Bjørn Ramberg: "Post-ontological Philosophy of Mind"

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We need the respect of our peers because we cannot trust our own beliefs, nor maintain our self-respect, unless we are fairly sure that our conversational interlocutors agree among themselves on such propositions as "He's not crazy," "He's one of us," "He may have strange beliefs on certain topics, but he's basically sound," and so on. This interpenetration of the need to make one's beliefs coherent among themselves and the need to make one's own beliefs coherent with the beliefs of one's peers results from the fact that, as Wittgenstein said, to imagine a form of human life we have to imagine agreement in judgments as well as in meanings.

T h e philosophical tradition has tried to stitch exclusivist communities together by saying: there is more overlap between infidels and true believers, masters and slaves, men and women, than one might think. For, as Aristotle said, all human beings by nature desire to know. This desire brings them together in a universal community of justification. T o a pragmatist, however, this Aristotelian dictum seems thoroughly misleading. It runs together three different things: the need to make one's beliefs coherent, the need for the respect of one's peers, and curiosity.

VI. Must Pragmatists be Relativists? Toward the beginning of his "Truth, Contingency and Modernity" Wellmer writes as follows: If there is irresolvable disagreement about the possibility of justifying truth claims, about' standards of argumentation or evidential support, for example, between members of different linguistic, scientific or cultural communities, may I still supppose that there are - somewhere - the correct standards, the right criteria, in short that there is an objective truth of the matter?

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