Philosophy occupies an important place in culture only when things seem to be falling apart – when long-held and widely cherished beliefs are threatened. At such periods, intellectuals reinterpret the past in terms of an imagined future.

Rorty, R. (2007: 73).

Keep in mind that I come from that part of the world for which the question of old and new – call it the question of a human future – is, or was, logically speaking, a matter of life and death: if the new world is not new then American does not exist, it is merely one more outpost of old oppressions.

Cavell, S. (2006: 21).

There is a widespread disenchantment with the traditional image of philosophy as a transcendental mode of inquiry . . . mindful ...

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