1. The private vs. the public

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Philosophical Writings

Rorty wrote in favor of historicist thinkers, showed sympathy towards questions asking for “What is it to inhabit a rich twentieth-century democratic society?”, and remarked the importance of the so-called historicist turn, which, according to him, “has helped free us, gradually but steadily, from theology and metaphysics” (Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, p. xiii). But Rorty did not talked about an homogeneous group of historicist writers, but of groups of them, and went over to distinguish the exemplars group form the fellow citizens group (Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, p. xiv). Some writers searched for private perfection or “aestheticism”, as Rorty called it. Some others engaged in an effort which Rorty qualified as “social”, namely “the effort to make our institutions and practices more just and less cruel” (Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, p. xiv). He denominated the former “writers on autonomy”, the later “writers on justice” (Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, p. xiv)…

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