Talk:Richard Rorty

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This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Richard Rorty page.

Quotes about Rorty[edit]

I removed the Quotations About Rorty section for several reasons. The two quotations were lengthy and needed to be revised but I saw no straightforward way to do so and yet retain the original meaning or intention. Also, it seemed unwieldy to have such a long section about Rorty when the page of quotations by Rorty was still fairly short. Finally, the quotation by Searle should probably be on Searle's page (like the quotation about Searle by Rorty is on the Rorty page with a link to Searle). Contemporary philosophers bicker at each other. I am not sure it makes sense to track their bickering on the other's page.

Please post rationale here if you want to re-insert the deleted section. Thanks! tartaruga (talk) 20:33, 13 February 2014 (UTC)[reply]

I restored this section, because such are standard sections at Wikiquote, for quotations of various forms of praise or criticism, and the 2 quotes by notable individuals, whether right or wrong in any of their own stances, were plainly and explicitly their assessments of Rorty's stances. ~ Kalki·· 10:26, 14 February 2014 (UTC)[reply]
Ok. That makes sense to me. I edited the Searle quotation so that it's a bit shorter (but still longer than any of the Rorty quotations). I only deleted the ending, which was a description of Searle's own position. I have no good way to shorten the Carvalho quotation. It's quite long, but removing any of it would detract from what it is saying about Rorty's position. Suggestions welcome. tartaruga (talk) 22:00, 14 February 2014 (UTC)[reply]


  • 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.
  • Truth is simply a compliment paid to sentences seen to be paying their way. (Apparently a variation of a view attributed to William James, which Rorty may well share, but not in print as such. See above, from Consequences of Pragmatism (1982))