Bookcover of ACTING IN AN ANTIFOUNDATIONAL WORLD
Booktitle:

ACTING IN AN ANTIFOUNDATIONAL WORLD

CONVERSATION, POETIC REDESCRIPTION, AND SOLIDARITY

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2011-04-08 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-34906-1

ISBN-10:
3639349067
EAN:
9783639349061
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
This book examines a central question that human beings face in an antifoundational world: If discourse communities create not only vocabularies but competing ways of seeing, how might we act in a reasonable way? It suggests answers to this question by discussing Rorty's theory of language and truth. Rorty sets aside the foundationalist notion of metaphysical certainty with consensus beliefs achieved through conversation, which determines the utility of those beliefs to the community. Thus, Rorty changes the focus from what is right to what is helpful and changes the focus from what can be “proven” to what “works.” The validity of the new vocabularies lies not in their correspondence to reality, but in their utility to point us towards reducing human suffering and immiseration, thereby building human solidarity. Hence, the use of Rorty provides a useful way of responding to the choices we confront in our lives and jobs because his emphasis on utility when considering differing “perceptions” and his emphasis on conversation, poetic redescription, and solidarity provides means of understanding and operating in the world.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Hem Paudel
Number of pages:
192
Published on:
2011-04-08
Stock:
Available
Category:
Philosophy
Price:
68.00 €
Keywords:
Foundationalism, antifoundationalism, conversation, poetic redescription, solidarity, Rhetoric, communication, Rorty, pragmatism

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