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The Concept of Redemption

  • Tracy Llanera
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This chapter reconstructs the overlooked concept of redemption in Rorty’s oeuvre. Its goal is to anchor Rorty’s entry into the debate on modern nihilism. The chapter begins with an interpretation of redemption as a motivational force behind his philosophical project, supported by his pragmatist critique of essentialism and the pursuit of edification. It then presents how Rorty remodels religious redemption to suit contemporary secular life. This modern version of redemption fits a pluralist and democratic literary culture, a culture that entails a new self-image and is freed from religious nostalgia.

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  • Tracy Llanera
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  1. 1.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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