New Philosophy

Richard Rorty

What was Richard Rorty’s view of truth?

Rorty (1931–2007) criticized the idea that all we know are ideas that represent the world, or “representationalism;” he also challenged the special intellectual role of philosophers. He thought that “true” is just an honorific term used within linguistic and knowledge communities to mean “justified to the hilt.” Rorty called this epistemological position “liberal ironism” because it rested on ideals of human freedom. He thought that commitment alone is adequate justification for belief. This view led Rorty into relativism.


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