Rorty's (2000) ironism
is a post-analytical notion created around a certain profile of a feminist individual, an ironist.
This is a point that is engaged in varying fashions by Douglas Ehninger's (1970) views on openness in argument, Barry grummett's (1981, 1986) concerns over dogmatism in argument, and by Richard Rorty's ironism
This balancing act is potentially tricky, he argues, because thoroughgoing scepticism (what he calls ironism
in this essay) has a great potential to hurt others.
51) Michael Williams suggests Rorty's ironism
is scepticism under another name and that Rorty fails to keep the distinction between fallibilism and scepticism clear.
DAVID MCCLEAN, "Richard Rorty and Cosmopolitan Hope: A Critical Analysis of Rorty's Ironism
and Antifoundationalism and Consideration of Their Uses in Forming Cosmopolitan Sensibilities.
Theirs is indeed a profound irony, one that makes Rorty's ironism
look little more than a fleeting gesture.
Because that position is closest to Rorty's, he begins with an extended discussion of the latter's "epistemological behaviorism" and "liberal ironism
," employing accurate reconstructions and cogent criticisms to develop his own views.
87) and (even more persuasively) against the ironism
It is yet another irony of Rorty's ironism
that this steadfast foe of realism is so insistent that people talk a correct meta-language.
But there is more, much more: Jean Bethke Elshtain on why Americans should accept finitude, Jean Baudrillard on how history is going backwards along with such pressing postmodern concerns as hysteresis and dromology (don't ask), Karen Malpede on contemporary political theater (chiefly her own), Peter yon Ziegesar on the ironism
of post-1970 American art, and Hillel Schwartz with 14 wild mini-essays on everything from buried treasure to the number of lines in a sonnet.
As I shall argue, this is the kind of ironism
persuasively distinguished by Alan Wilde (1981) from post-modern and traditional forms of ironism
and identified as specifically "modernist.
begins by emancipating itself from large life-tasks, the impositions of God, or reality, or human nature.