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Rorty clears up a whole number of popular misunderstandings
on 5 March 2001
After studying philosophy of science and social science for 2 years at degree level, and struggling to find words that said what I wanted, this book came as a huge relief to me.
Rorty sucessfully manages to cut a gulf between the idea of language as a tool and the descent into the popular misrepresentation that this is often given by people who misunderstand it.
"We need to make a distinction between the claim that the world is out there and the claim that truth is out there. To say that the world is out there, ..., is to say with common sense, that most things in space and time are the effects of causes which do not include human mental states. To say that truth is not out there is simply to say that where there are no sentences there is no truth, that sentences are elements of human languages, and that human languages are human creations.... The world is out there, but descriptions of the world are not."
Dazzlingly useful clarifications like this, which come on every page, make this one of the most rewarding books I have ever read.