An Ethics for Today: Finding Common Ground Between by Richard M. Rorty

By Richard M. Rorty

Jeffrey W. Robbins (Foreword), Gianni Vattimo (Introduction), G. Elijah Dann (Conclusion)

Richard Rorty is known, perhaps even notorious, for his philosophical nonchalance. His groundbreaking paintings not just rejects all theories of fact but additionally dismisses smooth epistemology and its preoccupation with wisdom and illustration. whilst, the prestigious pragmatist believed there should be no universally legitimate solutions to ethical questions, which led him to a fancy view of faith hardly expressed in his writings.

In this posthumous booklet, Rorty, a strict secularist, unearths within the pragmatic considered John Dewey, John Stuart Mill, William James, and George Santayana, between others, a political mind's eye shared via spiritual traditions. His cause isn't to advertise trust over nonbelief or to blur the excellence among non secular and public domain names. Rorty seeks in simple terms to find styles of similarity and distinction so an ethics of decency and a politics of unity can upward push. He relatively responds to Pope Benedict XVI and his crusade opposed to the relativist imaginative and prescient. even if protecting theologians, metaphysicians, or political ideologues to account, Rorty is still steadfast in his competition to absolute uniformity and its exploitation of political strength.


This outstanding presentation of Rorty's influential recommendations may be of worth to these grounded within the examine of philosophy, faith, and their interaction.

(Library Journal)

...concise yet none the fewer immensely thoughtful...

(Roman Madzia Pragmatism this present day 1900-01-00)

This ebook makes for interesting interpreting. it's a infrequent philosophy booklet that may be a page-turner that may be learn in a single or sittings.

(Daniel Dombrowski Sophia 1900-01-00)

Richard Rorty's argument relatively in actual fact and succinctly brings the claims of pragmatism to concerns on the center of Catholic politics-a conflict among relativism and fundamentalism that's in lots of methods emblematic of the bigger struggles among spiritual and secular traditions around the globe.

(Robert T. Valgenti, Lebanon Valley university)

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I have been in Torino before, but this is the first time I have been in the Teatro Regio, and it is a very impressive stage from which to speak. My topic today is spirituality and secularism. Pope Benedict XVI has complained that it is becoming very difficult for the Church to say what it believes. Very soon, the pope has written, one will not be able to affirm that homosexuality constitutes, as the Catholic Church teaches, an objective disorder in the structure of human existence. The pope’s prediction may well come true.

It was a great imaginative project and it turned out to be a successful project. I hope we can hold on to this project and that it will become a model for the future course of moral progress. G I A N N I VAT T I M O I have the impression that, as the last question shows, the idea is widespread in the general public that in the end everyone just sticks with their own convictions. But there is 2 6 A N E T H I C S F O R T O D AY a whole middle ground between total, definitive truth, on the one hand, and “everything goes,” on the other, and experience and history can supply us with what you might call rhetorical arguments ad homines.

In Vattimo’s book, the question of whether God has power over us no longer arises, because Vattimo interprets the Christian doctrine of the incarnation as God handing over all his power to man, the Father handing over all his power to the Son. This seems to me a very sympathetic reading of Christianity. A M E M B E R O F T H E A U D I E N C E You explain to us that neither reason nor experience helps us to choose between a transcendental and an immanentist perspective. Does that mean that we just have to resign ourselves to the fact that in this world everyone sticks to their own superstition, or is there a point at which we take stock, and we say: “No, it is preferable to pursue this course rather than the others”?

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