Abstract

abstract:

This article employs Richard Rorty's 1996 text "Looking Backwards from the Year 2096" as a model for examining the state of America, education, and philosophy from the year 2117. The imaginative engagement explores how past and present structures might yield to future forms with a focus on early childhood education, guns, literacy, higher education and the state of the university, and the relationships between professional philosophy and social activism in America. Arguing for a shift in the paradigms of thinking and writing to include more revolutionary and artistic practice, this essay envisions a future in which philosophy takes increasingly pluralistic, creative, and political forms. Rorty's prophetic writings serve as one example of the value of imagination in the production of social change, hope, and the destabilization of entrenched patterns of thought.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9383
Print ISSN
0891-625X
Pages
pp. 21-34
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-13
Open Access
No
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