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Title: Nietzsche, Pragmatism, and Progress
Authors: Harris, Daniel
Keywords: NietzscheRortyDerridademocracy
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Daniel Harris, "Nietzsche, Pragmatism, and Progress", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XII (2010) 2, pp. 338−354.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XII (2010) 2
Abstract: 
In this paper I argue that in Richard Rorty’s pragmatism we find a view of political progress at
once at home in Nietzsche’s thought and in the Enlightenment tradition. If we think of progress as
indexed to some permanent standard, and then agree that it is Nietzsche who dispels the authority
of any such standard, then we may perhaps conclude that after Nietzsche, progress is ruled out. I
want to show, however, that we find in Nietzsche comfort for a continued vision of human progress
through engaged political action. I suggest that we look to Jacques Derrida and Rorty as offering
a vision of a post-Nietzschean democracy the engine of which is what I call a progress without end.
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/5117
ISSN: 1825-5167
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