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Title:Rorty's critique of philosophy: the implication for the search for a method in contemporary African philosophy
Author:Irele, DipoISNI
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy (ISSN 1011-226X)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Philosophy, Psychology
Rorty, Richard
Abstract:In 'Philosophy and the mirror of nature' (1979), Richard Rorty deconstructs philosophy's self-image of being a foundational discourse which sits as a tribunal over other discourses and adjudicates whether or not their claim to knowledge is valid. Rorty's critique of philosophy has important implications for the search for a method in contemporary African philosophy, notably for the position of professional philosophers such as Bodunrin, Wiredu, Hountondji and Keita, and their dismissal of ethnophilosophy as noncritical and therefore nonrational discourse. For Rorty argues that the concept of rationality is context-dependent in the sense that a practice determines the standard of rationality within it. If we are to take Rorty's position seriously, no philosophical method is more 'rationally organized than any other, (they) merely employ different kinds of rhetoric'. Bibliogr., ref., sum. in French (p. 82).