Kenneth Wain and the Lifelong Engagement with Education
7. White Philosophy in/of America
Philosophy occupies an important place in culture only when things seem to be falling apart—when long-held and widely cherished beliefs are threatened. At such periods, intellectuals reinterpret the past in terms of an imagined future.
—Richard Rorty (2007, p. 73)
Keep in mind that I come from that part of the world for which the question of old and new—call it the question of a human future—is, or was, logically speaking, a matter of life and death: if the new world is not new then America does not exist, it is merely one more outpost of old oppressions.
—Stanley Cavell (2006, p. 21)
… there is a widespread disenchantment with the traditional image of philosophy as a transcendental mode of inquiry ... mindful of the dead ends of analytical modes of philosophizing it is yet unwilling to move into the frightening wilderness of pragmatism and historicism with their concomitant concerns in social theory, cultural criticism, and historiography.
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