Debating the State of Philosophy: Habermas, Rorty, and Ko^D/lakowski

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Do we still need philosophical discourse as part of communication within our culture? Is philosophical endeavor still valid? This book offers the views of some of the most popular, distinguished contemporary philosophers who have placed their mark on philosophy. Jurgen Habermas, Richard Rorty, Leszek Kolakowski, and Ernest Gellner bring their ideas into confrontation in a unique debate devoted to the present state of philosophy. The future of Western culture may depend on the answers to the questions asked by ...
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Overview

Do we still need philosophical discourse as part of communication within our culture? Is philosophical endeavor still valid? This book offers the views of some of the most popular, distinguished contemporary philosophers who have placed their mark on philosophy. Jurgen Habermas, Richard Rorty, Leszek Kolakowski, and Ernest Gellner bring their ideas into confrontation in a unique debate devoted to the present state of philosophy. The future of Western culture may depend on the answers to the questions asked by these authors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275958350
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/21/1996
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JOZEF NIZNIK is Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

JOHN T. SANDERS is Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Coping with Contingencies 1
Jurgen Habermas: Coping with Contingencies - The Return of Historicism 1
Richard Rorty: Emancipating Our Culture 24
Ch. 2 The Challenge of Relativism 31
Richard Rorty: Relativism - Finding and Making 31
Richard Rorty: On Moral Obligation, Truth, and Common Sense 48
Leszek Kolakowski: A Remark on Rorty 52
Richard Rorty: Response to Kolakowski 58
Ch. 3 Philosophy and the Dilemmas of the Contemporary World 67
Leszek Kolakowski: A Remark on Our Relative Relativism 67
Ernest Gellner: Enlightenment - Yes or No? 77
Richard Rorty: The Notion of Rationality 84
App. I Comments on the Habermas/Rorty Debate 89
App. II Comments on Richard Rorty, "Relativism: Finding and Making" 104
App. III Comments on Philosophy and the Dilemmas of the Contemporary World 116
Bibliography 126
Index 145
About the Contributors 149
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