From ‘Philosophy and Social Hope’, by Richard Rorty

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“The distinction between the found and the made is a version of that between the absolute and the relative, between something which is what it is apart from its relations to other things, and something whose nature depends upon those relations. In the course of the centuries, this distinction has become central to what Derrida calls ‘the metaphysics of presence’ – the search for a ‘full presence beyond the reach of play’, an absolute beyond the reach of relationality. So if we wish to abandon that metaphysics we must stop distinguishing between the absolute and the relative.”

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” We pragmatists shrug off charges that we are ‘relativists’ or ‘irrationalists’ by saying  that these charges presuppose precisely the distinctions we reject. If we have to describe ourselves, perhaps it would be best for us to call ourselves anti-dualists.”

From ‘Philosophy and Social Hope’, by Richard Rorty

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