Hegel Contra Rorty

Hegel Colour

Hegel and the Limitations of Liberal Irony   Hegel’s name appears again and again in Richard Rorty’s texts. As Tom Rockmore has pointed out, Hegel is a constant point of reference for him.[1] Hegel is cited as an important influence on Rorty’s earliest conception of how philosophy might be conducted, and how it might relate to his desire to change the world, and not merely interpret it. The fullest expression of this debt comes in the following well-known passage from an autobiographical piece from 1992: I have spent 40 years looking for a coherent and convincing way of formulating my … Continue reading