SHERP

Vulnerable Conversation as Fragile Mirror

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Authors
Kim, Changhyun
Issue Date
2012
Publisher
서울대학교 종교학연구회
Citation
종교학 연구, Vol. 30, pp. 143-150
Description
Richard Rorty, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature: Thirtieth-Anniversary Edition (Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University
Press, 2008).
Abstract
For Richard Rorty, since Plato the history of Western
philosophy has been deeply, comprehensively rooted in
mirror-imagery, which is the attempt to discover the foundation
of knowledge by means of accurate representations of reality.
Philosophers have paid attention to the issues of eternity and
certainty, and thus the primary business of philosophy has been
considered to offer systemic, constructive theories of
representation in order to guarantee the certainty of our
knowledge about nature. In his masterful work, Philosophy and
the Mirror of Nature, Rorty argues that Western philosophy is
obsessed with the impossible task of obtaining knowledge
through accurate representations, and then suggests knowledge
as social practice through participating in a conversation, which
makes it possible for us to escape from that obsession. He thus
proposes a “therapeutic,” “edifying” philosophy rather than a
“systemic,” “constructive” philosophy (5). Rorty sees edifying
philosophy as a philosophy, which not only keeps us from the
delusion of the unchallengeable truth for which Western
philosophy has relentlessly tried to search but also enables us to
participate in a conversation.
ISSN
1975-8049
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/83878
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