RORTY ON SCIENCE AND POLITICS
In this paper the author proves his overall thesis that Rorty consistently enforces his politically saturated liberal ironic standpoint in the fields of science and politics from his 'Contingency' book (1989). As a neopragmatist thinker he gives priority to politics in the sense of a liberal democracy over everything else. Even philosophy as 'cultural politics' serves this purpose. He did not want to create a detailed political philosophy, but the main motive of his philosophy is political. He is charged with complacency, relativism and misinterpreting traditional pragmatism, but the author shows that this is mistaken. Rorty offers 'only' a non-systematic, but logical and permanently developed interpretation of our present world on the basis of knowledge he appropriated and improved by building bridges between pragmatism, analytic and continental philosophy. The author analyzes briefly in the first part his neo-pragmatist thoughts on science in connection with his political views. In the second part hel interprets Rorty as a liberal ironist who regards almost everything as contingent, except democracy. He outlines a liberal utopia that means first of all a just society in a Rawlsian sense, but he also develops his idea further in a neo-pragmatic way.
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