'Who Are We?' – An Essay on Richard Rorty, Rhetoric and Politics

Weber, Ralph and Baruchello, Giorgio. (2014) 'Who Are We?' – An Essay on Richard Rorty, Rhetoric and Politics. European Legacy, 19 (2). pp. 197-214.

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It is not unusual to think of Rorty’s work as a success in rhetoric and a failure in political philosophy. In this article we re-evaluate this assessment by analyzing a typical feature of Rorty’s writing: his frequent use of “we so-and-so.” Taking stock of the existing literature on the subject we discuss how Rorty’s use of the “we” was received by peers and how he himself made sense of it. We then analyze Rorty’s oeuvre in order to show that a better understanding of his rhetorical “we” could make his politico-philosophical “we” more appealing. We suggest that Rorty’s pragmatist take on “ethnos” is preferable to other notions that are currently championed in political theory and philosophy.
Faculties and Departments:08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Europainstitut > Europainstitut
UniBasel Contributors:Weber, Ralph
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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