Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sperry, Elizabeth A. Review of Marianne Janack, ed. FEMINIST INTERPRETATIONS OF RICHARD RORTY. NDPR (March 2011).

Janack, Marianne, ed.  Feminist Interpretations of Richard Rorty.  University Park: Pennsylvania State UP, 2010.

(A) It is objectively true that women should not be oppressed.

(B) We must work to overcome the oppression of women.

Are A and B opposed? These claims undeniably represent a difference in emphasis, one seeking to describe reality and the other to alter it. But if feminist progress is best obtained on a non-foundationalist approach to truth, the difference between A and B is substantial. Richard Rorty argued that neo-pragmatism better advanced feminism's aims than did representationalist philosophical approaches, and Marianne Janack has collected ten essays that examine the import of those arguments. . . .


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