Richard Rorty’s Disenchanted Liberalism

Contemporary Pragmatism 7 (1):107-128 (2010)
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This paper identifies cultural disenchantment as a crucial concept in Rorty's understanding of liberalism, and considers how Rorty's use of this term draws on but also differs from similar ideas in Nietzsche and Weber. It argues that Rorty's notion of disenchantment complements his Darwinian view of human nature and his conception of the self as a centerless web of beliefs and desires. These three principal ideas form the basis of Rorty's novel theoretical approach to liberal democracy and of his belief in its ability to sustain itself without its traditional rationalist justifications



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