Rorty on Religion and History

Alexander KREMER
Rorty on Religion and History
University of Szeged, Hungary
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I shall prove my overall thesis that Rorty consistently enforces his politically saturated liberal ironic standpoint in the fields of religion and history from his Contingency book (1989). As a neopragmatist thinker he gives priority to politics in the sense of a liberal democracy over everything else. I shall analyze briefly his neo-pragmatist thoughts in general in the first part. This shows Rorty as a liberal ironist who regards almost everything as contingent, except democracy. In the second part I shall interpret his main views about religion in connection with his political thoughts. Finally, I shall show that history also belongs to the contingent social phenomena.

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