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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

ISSN 1673-3436

ISSN 1673-355X(Online)

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Front. Philos. China    2008, Vol. 3 Issue (3) : 455-463     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-008-0029-3
Postmodernist liberalism: A critique of Richard Rorty’s political philosophy
YAO Dazhi
The Center for Fundamentals of Philosophy, the College of Philosophy and Sociology, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
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Abstract  Richard Rorty’s philosophy has two basic commitments: one to postmodernism and the other to liberalism. However, these commitments generate tension. As a postmodernist, he sharply criticizes the Enlightenment; as a liberal, he forcefully defends it. His postmodernist liberalism actually explains liberalism using irrationalism.
Issue Date: 05 September 2008
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