H.G. Gadamer – Text and Interpretation

For no matter how much a work of art may appear to be a historical datum, and
thus a possible object of scholarly/scientific research, it is always the case
that the work says something to us, and it does so in such a way that its
statement can never be exhaustively expressed in a concept.

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R. Rorty – Postmodern bourgeois liberalism

Complaints about the social irresponsibility of the intellectuals typically concern the intellectual’s tendency to marginalize herself, to move out from one community by interior identification of herself with some other community-for example, another country or historical period, an invisible college, or some alienated subgroup within the larger community.

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