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Ideas y Valores

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MENDIETA, Eduardo. In Praise of Heresy: Rorty’s Radical Atheism. Ideas y Valores [online]. 2008, vol.57, n.138, pp.17-28. ISSN 0120-0062.

Rorty should be studied neither especially because of the faithfulness of his narratives of the historiography of philosophy, nor because of the correctness of his readings, but mainly because, as the great philosophers of Western philosophy, he offered us a grand meta-narrative. Rorty was a meta-philosopher for whom the most important meta-narrative of philosophy was the struggle against gods, fetishes and myths that subjugated and humiliated humans. At the same time, this meta-narrative has as a central column the centrality of the power of persuasion through the game of giving and receiving reasons, reasons that expand the circle of those that we should consider our dialogue partners. In the expansion of our circle of conversation the imagination has priority over reason.

Keywords : Richard Rorty; Socrates; Adam Phillips; secularization; heresy; pragmatism; meta-philosophy.

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