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Reality and Ideology: S. Žižek, R. Rorty

Author(s): Evaldas Juozelis
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: reality; ideology; ethnocentric pragmatism; philosophy of science

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses the possibility to supplement the discourse of the philosophy of science with sociocultural concepts of reality and ideology. S. Žižek's "postmodern" inversion of simulacrum as a drastic recurrence of reality illustrates the possibly ineluctably ideological nature of contemporary philosophical discourse. Every speculative attempt to debunk fallacious consciousness and disclose the reality is condemned constantly, to reproduce a machinery of denunciation. Hereby, socio-cultural experience is replaced by fictitious theoretical delimitations. In Žižek's discursive practice, that identifies the nucleus of reality in superficial appearance, theoretical disjunction is suspended and significance drift is transposed to the socio-cultural domain of primal alienation. According to this, the benchmark of "postmodernist" Rorty's ideological strategy is ethnocentric pragmatism that suspends modern ontology and epistemology, and within the framework of the pragmatist model converts the lack of it into ideologically based principles of solidarity, edification and commitment to freedom, thus "realizing" the reality within scientific, ethical or political discourses.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 49
  • Page Range: 210-215
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Lithuanian