Once I become a Richard Rorty style ironist, is philosophy over?

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  • j153e
    Lv 7
    8 months ago
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    You're correct; when a given philosophy quiets down, an eternal return occurs or another springs up like a beautiful flower (or weed) after a spring rain.  Nietzsche would approve the eternal return process you outline.

    Richard Rorty is more than an ironist such as Emil Cioran; Rorty's position was more like the boy who noticed the pretensions of "philosophy" were in fact patently groundless, baseless, and non-objective hypothesizings too general to provide even atom-based testing.

    An error he made was in moving from observing that all philosophies--here I would disagree, as those of a greater awareness, such as Plato, Plotinus, Husserl, and Whitehead, even Bergson and Rosenzweig, provide instructive ways forward--are subjective (Rorty being a post-modernist), to the assumption that therefore all language is subjective.  This is illogical, inasmuch as such an axiom defeats Rorty's own critique, which is held within critical language.

    Rorty thus lands on the same illogical dilemma as did logical positivism and other such, namely that his/their premise or axiom that no criticism is valid refutes his/their criticism that no criticism is valid (circularism)/no values are to be held (except the value valuing no values).

    With the exceptions of genuine spiritual awareness, and of genuine philosophic development of a philosopher's Noetic or Noumenal awareness, of course the remaining philosophies are relativist.   Various relativist memes arise, and for a time seem truthy, but are historically always themselves relativized within the general tradition.

    Wittgenstein's "language games" is an example of a greater insight or flexibility than post-modern positional claims to "all language is relative, no word is Word," etc.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    No, that can only occur when you recognize and accept that the person you think of as "I" doesn't really exist. . 

  • 8 months ago

    Philosophy reaching an end point might be the greatest thing to happen to philosophers ever! They'd be writing books about it and teaching how it happened for generations. Then someone would ask, "Is it REALLY over?" and it'd start again.

    Source(s): Guess it keeps persisting so long as anyone's asking a question.
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