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The Politics of Conciliation

  • Allan Janik
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 114)

Abstract

Forecasting the future of anything whatever is heady business — all the more so, if the subject in question is philosophy. If we need reminding of that, we might just consider for a moment how the future of philosophy looked to Hegel in 1806, to Marx and Feuerbach in the early 1840s, to Russell and Moore at the turn of the century or to Ebner and Jaspers just after World War One. Perhaps the best way to approach this difficult subject is to consider the attitudes of some prominent thinkers to the future generally.

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Analytic Philosophy Philosophical Position Continental Philosophy Political Element Adversarial Posture 
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Notes

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    See my “Ebner und Popper als Denker” Akten des internationalen Ferdinand Ebner Symposium, ed. Walter Methlagl (Salzburg, 1985), and “Wittgenstein: An Austrian Enigma”, Austrian Philosophy, ed. J. C. Nyíri (Munich, 1981), pp. 75–89.Google Scholar
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    For the details of my critique of Rorty’s views about the future of philosophy see above, pp. 80–92. My criticisms are directed at the views he expresses in Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (Princeton, 1979) not those in The Consequences of Pragmatism (Minneapolis, 1982), whose Introduction and Conclusion compliment the views I have developed here, xiii-xlvii; pp. 211–30.Google Scholar
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Janik
    • 1
  1. 1.Brenner ArchiveInnsbruck UniversityAustria

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