Retrieving Realism

2015.11.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor, Retrieving Realism, Harvard University Press, 2015, 171pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.11.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor, Retrieving Realism, Harvard University Press, 2015, 171pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674967519. Reviewed by Paul A. Roth, University of California-Santa Cruz Death does not always still certain voices nor end some conversations. As Feyerabend wrote of Lakatos in his "Preface" to Against Method, that book represents "a letter to a friend and addresses his idiosyncrasies." Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor similarly address this book to a dearly missed interlocutor, Richard Rorty. (ix) Indeed, Retrieving Realism replays in many of its particulars a (literal) conversation between them in The Review of Metaphysics (1980), 34:39-55. (Cited herein as RM) There Dreyfus, Taylor, and Rorty concur in rejecting any mediational picture of knowledge -- the mind as the "mirror of nature." And while Dreyfus and Taylor engage a multitude of themes and philosophers (living and dead) in their. . .

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