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In the opening paper, 'Cultural Politics and the Question of the Existence of God', Rorty writes that the doctrine of the ontological priority of the social that 'quasi-fundamentally' concerns him is also attributable to the 'quasi-pragmatist' philosophical efforts of Heidegger: 'The priority in question consists in the fact that "all matters of social authority or privilege, in particular epistemic authority, are matters of social practice, and not objective matters of fact"' 7.

From an epistemological and social perspective this claim can be an invitation to adopt a sound pragmatism in order to negotiate the two controversial domains of language and mind. Nevertheless this is not to deny the concept of God; rather, it is to put it within the purview of cultural politics.

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Mill, Rorty concludes that religion is our own business, and 'society tries to leave as much free space as possible for individuals to develop their own sense of who they are and what their lives are for, asking only that they obey Mill's precept and extend to others the tolerance they themselves enjoy' In the subsequent paper, 'Pragmatism as Romantic Polytheism', in defence of Dewey's tolerance for religious beliefs he maintains his position against We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

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Topics discussed include the changing role of philosophy in Western culture over the course of recent centuries, the role of the imagination in intellectual and moral progress, the notion of 'moral identity', the Wittgensteinian claim that the problems of philosophy are linguistic in nature, the irrelevance of cognitive science to philosophy, and the mistaken idea that philosophers should find the 'place' of such things as consciousness and moral value in a world of physical particles.

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Philosophy as Cultural Politics : Philosophical Papers. Description This volume presents a selection of the philosophical papers which Richard Rorty has written over the past decade, and complements three previous volumes of his papers: Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth, Essays on Heidegger and Others and Truth and Progress.

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Topics discussed include the changing role of philosophy in Western culture over the course of recent centuries, the role of the imagination in intellectual and moral progress, the notion of 'moral identity', the Wittgensteinian claim that the problems of philosophy are linguistic in nature, the irrelevance of cognitive science to philosophy, and the mistaken idea that philosophers should find the 'place' of such things as consciousness and moral value in a world of physical particles.

The papers form a rich and distinctive collection which will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in philosophy and its relation to culture. Other books in this series. Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth Richard Rorty.

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Add to basket. Philosophy as Cultural Politics Richard Rorty. Reason, Truth and History Hilary Putnam. Truth and Progress Richard Rorty. Essays on Heidegger and Others Richard Rorty. Problems of Empiricism: Volume 2 Paul K. Knowledge, Science and Relativism P.