Prescient Philosopher

Richard Rorty was a modern-day, American philosopher. I had never heard of Rorty until yesterday when blogger-friend Hugh Curtler penned this post about Rorty and his predictions … predictions with which we may well see parallels today, both here in the U.S. and also in Europe. Hugh’s post is fascinating … take a gander for yourself, and see what you think. It is certainly a thought-provoking post …

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In this interesting article about the predictions of the philosopher Richard Rorty we hear the plea that liberal intellectuals stop their other-worldly theorizing and wake up to the world around them. It was true in 1998 and it is certainly true in 2016.  His observations suggest that there is much work to be done to bring this nation together.

The victory of Donald Trump caught countless progressives and establishment conservatives by surprise. Since Election Day, there’s been no shortage of ink spent trying to sort out the underlying factors behind his startling rise to the Oval Office. But for late philosopher Richard Rorty, the writing was on the wall.
In 1998, Rorty, who most recently taught at Stanford University, argued in Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America that “old industrialized democracies” are heading toward a period “in which populist movements are likely to overturn constitutional governments.”
He said the…

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