By Richard J. Bernstein
Bernstein starts off his inquiry with a severe exam of the paintings of 2 modern philosophers for whom irony is key: Jonathan Lear and Richard Rorty. regardless of their sharp transformations, Bernstein argues that they supplement another, each one exploring varied points of ironic lifestyles. within the heritage of Lear’s and Rorty’s money owed stand the 2 nice ironists: Socrates and Kierkegaard. concentrating on the competing interpretations of Socratic irony by way of Gregory Vlastos and Alexander Nehamas, Bernstein indicates how they additional increase our figuring out of irony as a sort of lifestyles and as an artwork of dwelling. Bernstein additionally develops a particular interpretation of Kierkegaard’s recognized declare existence that could be referred to as human starts off with irony.
Bernstein weaves jointly the insights of those thinkers to teach how each one contributes to a richer knowing of ironic lifestyles. He additionally argues that the emphasis on irony is helping to revive the stability among assorted philosophical traditions philosophy as a theoretical self-discipline enthusiastic about getting issues correct and philosophy as a pragmatic self-discipline that shapes how we should stay our lives.
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