Trotsky and the Wild Orchids  

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"I was uneasily aware, however, that there was something a bit dubious about this esotericism – this interest in socially useless flowers. I had read (in the vast amount of spare time given to a clever, snotty, nerdy only child) bits of Marius the Epicurean and also bits of Marxist criticisms of Pater's aestheticism. I was afraid that Trotsky (whose Literature and Revolution I had nibbled at) would not have approved of my interest in orchids."--"Trotsky and the Wild Orchids" (1992) by Richard Rorty

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"Trotsky and the Wild Orchids" (1992) is an essay by philosopher Richard Rorty collected in Philosophy and Social Hope (1999).

It an autobiographical piece which explains how Rorty moved from Plato's philosophical framework towards Ludwig Wittgenstein's and John Dewey's anti-essentialism.

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