Ironism

Wikipedia: Richard Rorty, Ironism, final vocabulary

Ironism is a an expression of neo-pragmatism. Is the view set forth by the 20th Century philosopher Richard Rorty. An ironist expresses the following thee beliefs:

1. He has radical and continuing doubts about the final vocabulary he is currently using because he has been impressed by other vocabularies taken as final by people and books he has encounted.

2. He realizes that argument phrased in one’s present vocabulary can neither underwrite nor dissolve those doubts

3. Insofar as he philosophizes about his situation (he may not bother), he does not think that his vocabulary is closer to reality than others, that it is in touch with a power not himself.

Some “qualified ironist” may wish to equivocate a bit on the third statement, taking the view that he does not think his vocabulary is objectively and absolutely closer than others to reality, only that it appears to him to have a far greater degree of credibility, comprehensiveness, cogency and coherence.

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