Epistemology and Rorty

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Date(s) - 12/07/2016
19:00 - 21:00

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The Thornbury Castle

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It has been a long time since our last meeting, but I’m afraid I have not been germinating any wonderful pub friendly philosophy.  I have had a bit of a go at Pragmatism though, specifically Richard Rorty, who seems to be suggesting that the essence of eighteenth century philosophy is epistemology- how we get knowledge about the real world.  The Pragmatic answer is that we do know about things, so let’s just acknowledge that we do and get on with life.

From my own point of view this prompts the unnerving intuition that:

1)      The world exists (more or less as I take it to be)

2)      I know about quite a lot of ‘real things’

3)      I detect these things with my senses

I suspect there might be at least one person in the pub who might question the order of numbers 2) and 3).  If there isn’t I shall sit on my own reading Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature!