Frontiers of Philosophy in China

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 455–463

Postmodernist liberalism: A critique of Richard Rorty’s political philosophy

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11466-008-0029-3

Cite this article as:
Yao, D. Front. Philos. China (2008) 3: 455. doi:10.1007/s11466-008-0029-3


Richard Rorty’s philosophy has two basic commitments: one to postmodernism and the other to liberalism. However, these commitments generate tension. As a postmodernist, he sharply criticizes the Enlightenment; as a liberal, he forcefully defends it. His postmodernist liberalism actually explains liberalism using irrationalism.


Richard Rorty political philosophy postmodernism liberalism “Problem-Plutocrats” 


罗蒂哲学有两个基本承诺, 一个是对后现代主义的承诺, 一个是对自由主义的承诺。 但是这两种承诺之间存在着紧张关系: 作为后现代主义者, 罗蒂对启蒙提出了强烈的批评; 作为自由主义者, 他又在极力地维护启蒙。 罗蒂的后现代自由主义实质上是以非理性主义来解释自由主义。


罗蒂 政治哲学 后现代主义 自由主义 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Center for Fundamentals of Philosophy, the College of Philosophy and SociologyJilin UniversityChangchunChina

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