Some corrections, Matt may have others.
Platt Holden wrote:
> Hi Matt the E:
> Since many of the key words used in your posts are, as you've said,
> "highly idiosyncratic," I've taken it upon myself to "self-create" some
> plain English definitions.
> biconditional - depending on two things happening at once
two things mutually dependent (in logic: A if and only if B)
> contingent - influenced by
dependent on particular circumstances, as opposed to existing (or being
true) everywhere and everywhen
> diversity - different from you
> essentialism - things everyone should know
the philosophical stance that things have essences (as in that horses
have an essence of horseness). Rorty is anti-essentialist.
> final vocabulary - your everyday speech
One's everyday speech that one isn't about to have changed by someone's
arguments against it.
> historicist - story teller
it's an adjective, as in a historicist position, not a noun. Pretty much
the same as contingent
> historicized - story retold
something is historicized when it's contingency is revealed.
> incorrigibility - stubbornness
> intersubjective - among a group
More like: agreement among a group (to replace "objective").
> ironic - gentle sarcasm
More a recognition of the contingency of one's own position, that "I
could be wrong"
> ironist - enjoys being gently sarcastic
> mediate - compromise
> narrative - story
> nominalist - only words are real
The opposite. A nominalist is one who holds that words are "just" words,
that the map is not the territory, etc. Rorty is a nominalist, I am not.
> Oedipal cycle - love of parent later turned to hate
> plurality - majority
Sometimes people use "majority" to mean "over 50%", while plurality just
means "most" (don't know what this has to do with Rorty, though).
> poeticized - said in an unfamiliar way
Said in an interesting, non-literal way
> poetized - to say differently
> pragmatism - true if useful
> pragmatist - show me it's useful
> recontextualization - rewritten
> recontextualize - rewrite
> self-creation - invention
the reinvention of oneself.
> sensitive - emotional
> solidarity - conformity
See Kevin's and others' posts on this one. I think Rorty uses it to say
that we can agree on a lot of things without appeal to, say, natural
law, or religious rule, or such-like.
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