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Making Comparisons

Steven Mailloux

in Post-Nationalist American Studies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520224384
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224384.003.0006
Making Comparisons

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This chapter discusses the theoretical problem of comparison, which will be a central aspect of future American Studies. The discussion starts with Richard Rorty's problematic neopragmatism and his theoretical talk of how to evaluate and interpret alien practices. It then studies the issue of making comparisons between cultures, before considering the question of the hermeneutic status of such comparisons and the political position of any future comparativist.

Keywords: comparison; American Studies; Richard Rorty; problematic neopragmatism; alien practices; hermeneutic status; comparativist; political position

Chapter.  7566 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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