Answers to Rorty and Dennett

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Chia-jung (Kieran) Tsai Rorty and Dennett 18-Jan-11 1. Examine Dennett’s parable of the American researchers introducing a virus into a third world country. What is the message of this story? Our values and standards is not universal everywhere. What we consider as truth is not the same for everyone. We need to be more open and more accepting to other’s opinion and not to force our beliefs on others. 4. Compare Dennett’s essay with the previous one by Richard Rorty. Discuss their comparative merits and demerits. Rorty has merits in saying that a lot of times what people consider as true isn’t really true for everyone all the time, but is only partially true relative to its background, context and purpose. Thus he opposes against absolute objectivity. However, he neglected absolute truths and methodologies. Dennett used the analogy of using a compass to draw circles and illustrated how there are absolute truths which is totally objective. Just because you
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