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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" concerns any such beliefs, whether held by one human or all. The ironist always suspects a "final vocabulary".





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