[Note 5]

I am following the work of the neo-pragmatists here, ably defended in the context of the debate about historical knowledge by James Kloppenberg in several essays, but see especially his "Objectivity and Historicism," and "Deconstruction and Hermeneutics as Strategies for Intellectual History: The Recent Work of Dominick LaCapra and David Hollinger," Intellectual History Newsletter 9 (1987): 3-22; Richard J. Bernstein, Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: Science, Hermeneutics, and Praxis (Philadelphia, 1983); Bernstein, The New Constellation: The Ethical-Political Horizons of Modernity/Postmodernity (Cambridge, Mass., 1992); Richard Rorty, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (Princeton, N.J., 1979).