Aspects of Rorty´s Legacy
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In this paper Richard Rorty’s legacy is discussed according to the significance he contributed to 20th century philosophy. After a brief characterization of Rorty´s thought in general, a selection of themes follows by highlighting certain aspects characteristic of his interests with reference, respectively, to pragmatism and hermeneutics, and to the interconnections of pragmatism, solidarity, and globalisation. As an autonomous research field, closely connected to Rorty’s anti-foundationalism, I propose to draw on Hegel’a criticism of Kant with regard to the concept of deposit. This may be called an argumentation against the obligation of providing arguments, very much in line with Rorty’s dismissal of any neutral and ahistorical point of view. At the end of the paper I shorty assess the comprehensive significance of Rorty’s philosophy and attempt to show an internal tension in his thought.