RE: MD NAZIs and Pragmatism

From: Matt the Enraged Endorphin (
Date: Sun Feb 16 2003 - 01:55:21 GMT

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    DMB said:
    The idea that philosophical activity somehow
    inhibits political or personal growth never occured to me. And if the
    critics of campus PC culture are right, today's academic professionals are
    NOTHING BUT a bunch of activists. We need Ultimate answers before we can
    act? I honestly can't think of anyone who has said so. I know certain great
    thinkers like Plato are said to be guilty of this crime, but I just don't
    see it.

    Ok, fair enough. You never thought of it that way. (Though, naturally,
    Kevin nor I ever mentioned philosophy inhibiting personal growth. After
    all, we are the ones advocating it's placement in the private sphere.) I
    suggest reading, then, Rorty's 1997 William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the
    History of American Civilization, Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in
    Twentieth-Century America. It's a pretty short read and gives a pretty
    good indication of what Rorty thinks of American politics and how it
    relates to philosophy.


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