Final vocabulary

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Richard Rorty coined the term "final vocabulary" which he explicated in Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity to mean a set of communicative beliefs whose contingency the bearer more or less ignores. Final vocabulary describes any such beliefs, whether held by one human or all. The ironist always suspects a final vocabulary.


  • Rorty, Richard. Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989. ISBN 0-521-36781-6