Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature hit the philosophical world like a bombshell. Richard Rorty, a Princeton professor who had contributed to the analytic tradition in philosophy, was now attempting to shrug off all the central problems with which it had long been preoccupied. After publication, the Press was barely able to keep up with demand, and the book has since gone...more
My principal failure as a reader was...more
Part-analytic, part-continental, and attempting to dismiss those unhelpful titles in the process, Rorty dismantles the history of epistemology as the perceived backbone of modern thought. He not only tries to show how the particular concerns of our day have emerged from some specific moves in philosoph...more
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The chief target of Rorty's work is the notion that epistemology is the arbiter of what is rational in Western cultures. He sees this as an outgrowth of Descartes' project of grounding the new science on a new base of certainty. This new base was the idea of mind, a somewhat ineffable entity that "mirrors" reality with various degrees of accuracy. Kant embellished this notion by describing mind as something that adds to reality in the proces...more
If the measure of success is to have generated conversation between these previously three isolated camps then the answer is a resounding yes. There are certainly details th...more