Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Richard Rorty died.
Rorty advocated a form of liberalism that is pure negation--the vacuum that is left over once people stop believing that any "truth" (always in scare quotes) is worth killing or dying for. In Rorty's view, we are all (or should be) liberals in this sense--not out of conviction or principle, but by default, because of the absence or unavailability of any competing conviction or principle.
. We are curious to see how long a society can last on such solid cultural foundations.

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