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Feminism and Pragmatism: A Reply to Richard Rorty
In a recent Tanner Lecture delivered at the University of Michigan,  Richard Rorty, ‘Feminism and Pragmatism’, Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. xxx, no. 2, Spring 1991, pp. 231–58 (hereafter ‘fp’), to which page references will be made; reprinted in Radical Philosophy 59, Autumn 1991. Richard Rorty responds to some comments of mine about the significance of his work for feminism.  Sabina Lovibond, ‘Feminism and Postmodernism’, nlr 178, November–December 1989, pp. 5–28. He reports that he was ‘a bit startled’ to find himself identified in my discussion—along with Jean-François Lyotard and Alasdair MacIntyre—as a representative of philosophical ‘postmodernism’, but concedes with regard to these writers that he ‘recognize[s] the similarities between our positions which lead Lovibond to group us together’.  fp, p. 253 n. 18. At a fairly early stage in his lecture Rorty confirms that ‘on all the crucial philosophical issues, [he is] on the side of Lovibond’s postmodernist opponents’;  fp, p. 237. the remainder of his text explains why, and seeks to show in detail how ‘pragmatist philosophy [that is, Rorty’s own brand of it] might be useful to feminist politics’.  fp, p. 234.
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