Quotes by Richard Rorty

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Richard McKay Rorty (born October 4, 1931 in New York City) is an American philosopher. In Daniel Dennett's humorous Philosophical Lexicon[1], 'rorty' is defined as 'incorrigible', which is a neat summing up both of Rorty's career and much of the philosophic community's reaction to it.

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The usual picture of Socrates is of an ugly little plebeian who inspired a handsome young nobleman to write long dialogues on large topics.

The world does not speak. Only we do. The world can, once we have programmed ourselves with a language, cause us to hold beliefs. But it cannot propose a language for us to speak. Only other human beings can do that.
The difference between people and ideas is... only superficial.
Always strive to excel, but only on weekends.
Open-mindedness should not be fostered because, as Scripture teaches, Truth is great and will prevail, nor because, as Milton suggests, Truth will always win in a free and open encounter. It should be fostered for its own sake.

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