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Paul Grobstein's picture

Rorty, before and after

I'm glad you like the evolution parallel, and think you've developed it nicely. In fact, as the story goes, its not only that things might be different in the future but that they were in fact different in the past. There was a time when the sun didn't rise in the East, and when there weren't any trees, functioning organs, or other "enduring" things. So the point of Rorty's argument, that we need to base our activities on something "more ephemeral", is reachable both philosophically and empirically. Maybe that would make the philosophers happier?


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