Consequently, he has increasingly attempted to move away from argument towards re-description and to replace the language of logical reasoning with one of presentation and comparison.
Instead of invoking premises and conclusions or drawing on inference, consistency or refutation, Rorty s prose ties in with his broader philosophical aims.
These non-assimilable meanings and non-inferential differences liberate their writer from meaning and metaphysics, a liberation that is achieved both on the scriptural and the phonic level.
As with poetry, the visual appearance of the word on the page together with its audible resonances, are central.
Beginning with an examination of the importance of the literary moment and the poetic as Rorty conceives of them, I question whether these theoretical emphases are borne out in the practice of his writing.
Essays On Heidegger And Others Philosophical Papers
Richard Rorty is well-known for his provocative prose.
It is important to clarify at this point, however, that Rorty does argue on occasion.
His general position, however, is that argument is not the be all and the end all of philosophy.
However, it is less clear how exactly these theoretical concerns, when filtered through the methodological imperatives of re-description and narrative, manifest themselves at the level of writing.
It is unclear, in other words, whether Rorty sees narrative and re-description (both terms with literary connotations) as poetic or literary practices.