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By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

Had there been no Plato, the Christians would have had a harder time selling the idea that all God really wanted from us was fraternal love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

Academic disciplines are subject to being overtaken by attacks of "knowingness"- a state of mind and soul that prevents shudders of awe and makes one immune to enthusiasm.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

The world does not speak. Only we do. The world can, once we have programmed ourselves with a language, cause us to hold beliefs. But it cannot propose a language for us to speak. Only other human beings can do that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

To abjure the notion of the truly human is to abjure the attempt to divinize the self as a replacement for a divinized world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Rorty

The difference between people and ideas is... only superficial.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

What sort of world can we prepare for our great grandchildren?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

A talent for speaking differently, rather than for arguing well is the chief instrument of cultural change.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

I now wish that I had spent somewhat more of my life with verse. This is not because I fear having missed out on truths that are incapable of statement in prose. There are no such truths; there is nothing about death that Swinburne and Landor knew but Epicurus and Heidegger failed to grasp. Rather, it is because I would have lived more fully if I had been able to rattle off more old chestnuts — just as I would have if I had made more close friends.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

Freedom is the recognition of contingency.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Rorty

Nowadays, to say that we are clever animals is not to say something philosophical and pessimistic but something political and hopeful - namely, if we can work together, we can make ourselves into whatever we are clever and courageous enough to imagine ourselves becoming. This is to set aside Kant's question "What is man?" and to substitute the question "What sort of world can we prepare for our great grandchildren?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Rorty

National pride is to countries what self-respect is to individuals: a necessary condition for self-improvement.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

At 12, I knew that the point of being human was to spend one's life fighting social injustice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

Well, what there ought to be is an international labor organization, a confederation of the trade unions of all the countries speaking for the workers who are competing with one another, and talking about the difference in wage levels between, say, Europe and Indonesia.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Rorty

I think that a good Left is a party that always thinks about the future and doesn't care much about our past sins.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

Every government, left or right, always engages in moral crusades. What else are they supposed to do? Especially when they make war; any war has to be a moral crusade.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

Truthfulness under oath is, by now, a matter of our civic religion, our relation to our fellow citizens rather than our relation to a nonhuman power.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

Truth is a property of sentences, since sentences are dependent for their existence upon vocabularies, and since vocabularies are made by human beings, so are truths.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

As long as we try to project from the relative and conditioned to the absolute and unconditioned, we shall keep the pendulum swinging between dogmatism and skepticism. The only way to stop this increasingly tiresome pendulum swing is to change our conception of what philosophy is good for. But that is not something which will be accomplished by a few neat arguments. It will be accomplished, if it ever is, by a long, slow process of cultural change - that is to say, of change in common sense, changes in the intuitions available for being pumped up by philosophical arguments.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Rorty

Philosophy makes progress not by becoming more rigorous but by becoming more imaginative.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

You read the pragmatists and all you know is: not Descartes, not Kant, not Plato. It's like aspirin. You can't use aspirin to give yourself power, you take it to get rid of headaches. In that way, pragmatism is a philosophical therapy. It helps you stop asking the unhelpful questions.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Richard Rorty

Taylor and I both pride ourselves on having escaped that collapsed circus tent of epistemology—those acres of canvas under which many of our colleagues still thrash aimlessly about.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

The usual picture of Socrates is of an ugly little plebeian who inspired a handsome young nobleman to write long dialogues on large topics.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

To say that truth is not out there is simply to say that where there are no sentences there is no truth, that sentences are elements of human languages, and that languages are human creations.~ The suggestion that truth~ is out there is a legacy of an age in which the world was seen as the creation of a being who had a language his own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

[Walt] Whitman and [humanist educator John] Dewey tried to substitute hope for knowledge. They wanted to put shared utopian dreams - dreams of an ideally decent and civilized society - in the place of knowledge of God's Will, Moral Law, the Laws of History, or the Facts of Science.... As long as we have a functioning political left, we still have a chance to achieve our country, to make it the country of Whitman's and Dewey's dreams.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

Complaints about the social irresponsibility of the intellectual typically concern the intellectual's tendency to marginalize herself, to move out from one community by interior identification of herself with some other community - for example, another country or historical period... It is not clear that those who thus marginalize themselves can be criticized for social irresponsibility. One cannot be irresponsible toward a community of which one does not think of oneself as a member. Otherwise runaway slaves and tunnelers under the Berlin Wall would be irresponsible.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

The world is out there, but descriptions of the world are not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

If I had to lay bets, my bet would be that everything is going to go to hell, but, you know, what else have we got except hope?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

We are equal inhabitants of a paradise of individuals in which everybody has the right to be understood.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

There is nothing to be known about anything except an initially large, and forever expandable, web of relations to other things. Everything that can serve as a term of relation can be dissolved into another set of relations, and so on for ever. There are, so to speak, relations all the way down, all the way up, and all the way out in every direction: you never reach something which is not just one more nexus of relations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

I illustrate with a quotation from the atheist philosopher Richard Rorty, who died recently and is, I suspect, now having a lengthy conversation with his maker. Rorty argued that secular professors ought “to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

All human relations untouched by love take place in the dark

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Rorty

Philosophers get attention only when they appear to be doing something sinister - corrupting the youth, undermining the foundations of civilization, sneering at all we hold dear. The rest of the time everybody assumes that they are hard at work somewhere down in the sub-basement, keeping those foundations in good repair. Nobody much cares what brand of intellectual duct tape is being used.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Rorty

Open-mindedness should not be fostered because, as Scripture teaches, Truth is great and will prevail, nor because, as Milton suggests, Truth will always win in a free and open encounter. It should be fostered for its own sake.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Richard Rorty

Truth is what your contemporaries let you get away with.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Rorty

My principal motive is the belief that we can still make admirable sense of our lives even if we cease to have... an ambition of transcendence.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

"True" resembles... a compliment paid to sentences that seem to be paying their way and that fit in with other sentences which are doing so.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Richard Rorty

Ontology is more like a playground than a science.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

There are credentials for admission to our democratic society [...]. You have to be educated in order to be a participant in our conversation So we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable. We are not so inclusivist as to tolerate intolerance such as yours.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

If the body had been easier to understand, nobody would have thought that we had a mind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Rorty

I think you can have a Left that isn't culturally conservative talking about lunch-bucket issues.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Rorty

There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Rorty

Always strive to excel, but only on weekends.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Rorty

I think of an intellectual as just being bookish, being interested in history books, utopian ideas, that kind of thing.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Richard Rorty

If the Left forms no such alliances, it will never have any effect on the laws of the United States. To form them will require the cultural Left to forget about Baudrillard's account of America as Disneyland--as a county of simulacra--and to start proposing changes in the laws of a real country, inhabited by real people who are enduring unnecessary suffering, much of which can be cured by governmental action. Nothing would do more to resurrect the American Left than agreement on a concrete political platform, a People's Charter, a list of specific reforms. The existence of such a list--endlessly reprinted and debated, equally familiar to professors and production workers, imprinted on the memory both of professional people and of those who clean the professionals' toilets--might revitalize leftist politics.