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An Engagement with Rorty

Nicholas Wolterstorff and Terence Cuneo

in Understanding Liberal Democracy

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558957
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744808 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.003.0003
An Engagement with Rorty

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Richard Rorty has defended what he calls the "Jeffersonian compromise." According to this compromise, citizens in a liberal democracy are free to exercise their religious convictions in the private sphere, but are not to articulate or act upon them in the public sphere. Charitably read, Rorty's actual view is that we should limit public political conversation to premises held in common. This essay argues that the position which Rorty advocates is unsustainable.

Keywords: Carter; Stephen; democracy; Dewey; John; King; Martin Luther; private; public; Rorty; Richard

Chapter.  5099 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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