The process of de-divinization which I described in the previous two chapters would, ideally, culminate in our no longer being able to see any use for the notion that finite, mortal, contingently existing human beings might derive the meanings of their lives from anything except other finite, mortal, contingently existing human beings.
– Richard Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, Pg 45
2 responses to “The Weirdly Humanistic Anti-Humanism of Richard Rorty”
What is a human being?
Can you really find that out within the academy?
Is Richard Rorty really anti-humanist?
In his book Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature he showed how western philosophy has been entranced by verbal REPRESENTATIONS of reality. Drawing from a phrase from Skakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Rorty called this recurrent Western illusion of alienated identity our “glassy essence”.
That having been said please find a set of references which describe what it takes to wake up from this deadly entrancement.
Plus a related reference titled The Illusion of Separation of Church & State
Plus two related references on what we are as human beings, and the baneful limitations of what is taught and acceptable in the academy.