Philosophical Exorcism and Pragmatic Sharing of the Unsharable: A Return from Rorty to Dewey through John Cassavetes and David Lynch

In: Contemporary Pragmatism
Author: Kenji Kuzuu1
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Richard Rorty’s project of discarding philosophy as a whole suffers a contradictory, self-defeating problem that I call philosophical exorcism. Since Rorty’s understanding of radicality is misleading, when he criticizes philosophy in its entirety, his criticism returns to itself so that his project itself is to be discarded. As a remedy for the exorcism, a different radicality, found in Dewey’s concept of quality, is examined through two films directed by John Cassavetes and David Lynch. The radicality at stake contains a paradox of sharing the unsharable, which distances philosophy from Rorty’s self-defeating pragmatism.

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