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Journal:   PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS   SPRING-SUMMER 2017 , Volume 13 , Number 31 #F0045; Page(s) 5 To 21.
 
Paper:  RORTY’S CRITICISM OF EPISTEMOLOGY
 
Author(s):  ESLAMI SHAHLA*
 
* SCIENCE AND RESEARCH BRANCH, ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Richard Rorty gives a descriptive-historical account of philosophical views. He criticizes fundamentalism and representationalism which, since Descartes, have dominated epistemology. The fundamental assumption of philosophers is that philosophy has a prominent role in our understanding of the world, and that philosophical issues are permanent. This means that philosophy is regarded as the ground for our knowledge. Rorty is against that, and so he is in fact against epistemology. Now, the question is whether Rorty is successful in freeing himself from representationalism. Rorty declares his pragmatism according to which knowledge requires dialogue and social action. He calls this view epistemological behaviorism. Charles Taylor describes Rorty’s view as a secular viewpoint which leads to unethical consequences. Taylor says that Rorty’s view is still under sovereignty of representationalism.

 
Keyword(s): RORTY, FUNDAMENTALISM, REPRESENTATIONALISM, PRAGMATISM, EPISTEMOLOGICAL BEHAVIORISM
 
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