ABSTRACT

Anti-foundationalism has so far produced a variety of intellectual and cultural effects, but few of them have referred to the terrain of politics. It is one of the merits of Richard Rorty’s work to have attempted, vigorously and persuasively, to establish such a connection. In his most recent book (1989), Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity, he has presented an excellent picture of the intellectual transformation of the West during the last two centuries and, on the basis of it, has drawn the main lines of a social and political arrangement that he has called a “liberal utopia.” It is not that Rorty tries to present his (post-)philosophical approach as a theoretical grounding for his political proposal-an attempt (which Rorty rejects) that would simply “reoccupy” with an antifoundationalist discourse the terrain of the lost foundation. It is rather that antifoundationalism, together with a plurality of other narratives and cultural interventions, has created the intellectual climate in which certain social and political arrangements are thinkable.