Rorty, literary narrative and political philosophy

Barbara McGuinness

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This article seeks to examine Rorty's contention that literary narrative, not political philosophy, is best able to address the problems of the West. It argues that although Rorty's conception of the novel as a valuable and informative medium is credible, he does not establish it as a valid alternative to political philosophy. Moreover Rorty retains the sort of reasoning that is characteristic of political philosophy, despite his assertions to the contrary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-44
JournalHistory of the Human Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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