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«The end of philosophy-as-successor-of-theology, a "pure" subject in which deep problems are attacked by appropriately pure methods, will not occur in our time. No one knows, indeed, whether it will ever occur - whether what Comte called "the positivistic stage" will ever be reached. If it is reached, however, it will not be as Comte conceived it; it will not be an age in which everything has become "scientific". Science as the source of "truth" - a value which outranks the mere goodness of moral virtue and the mere beauty of art - is one of the Cartesian notions which vanish when the ideal of "philosophy as strict science" vanishes».
- Richard Rorty, The Consequences of Pragmatism