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By U. Schulenberg

This interdisciplinary venture is located on the boundary among literary experiences and philosophy. Its leader concentration is on American Romanticism and it examines paintings by means of a few popular writers and philosophers, from Whitman and Thoreau to Barthes and Rorty.

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If one were inclined to follow the former, philosophy would “cease to be an argumentative discipline, and grow closer to poetry” (1967: 34). ” with a resounding “Yes,” and that we would come to look upon a post-philosophical culture as just as possible, and just as desirable, as a post-religious culture. We might come to see philosophy as a cultural disease which has been cured, just as many contemporary writers (notably Freudians) see religion as a cultural disease of which men are gradually being cured.

This must not be considered as a pointless attempt to turn Barthes into a kind of neopragmatist; rather, it allows one to see him as a 44 Romanticism and Pragmatism Bloomian and Rortyan strong poet shaping, in a truly idiosyncratic and creative manner, a postmetaphysical culture. It is crucial to understand that in a poeticized culture, literary criticism is the presiding intellectual discipline. Liberal ironists think of literary critics as moral advisers because the latter have read many books and are therefore acquainted with many different vocabularies.

Yet, only this radically detranscendentalized poeticized culture would be a genuinely humanist culture. Even more so than Schiller, Rorty urges one to realize how pragmatism, humanism, postmetaphysics, and anti-authoritarianism hang together. Espen Hammer describes Rorty’s idea(l) of a poeticized culture thus: Rorty’s peculiar humanistic vision and ideal was that of a culture that has finally completed the long and complicated process of enlightenment Rorty’s Notion of a Poeticized Culture 33 and achieved what he thought of as maturity.

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