Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"...no one owns the truth and all have a right to be understood" - Rorty and Education in Our Times

Bill Doll, LSU professor, friend, and board member of the journal I edit, sends this on about Richard Rorty, who died last week:

"It is hard to think of a current American philosopher who has had more effect on my thinking than Richard Rorty. His quote (from Milan Kundera) that "there exists a fascinating imaginative realm, born of the echo of God's laughter, where no one owns the truth and all have a right to be understood," stands as an ideal for all I do and strive to do."

"Obviously Kundera is talking of the novel and Rorty of social/political situations. I expropriate it for my vision of what education can, when well done, lead us toward."

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