Habermas and Rorty MBTI, Introverted Thinking vs. Introverted iNtuition

Here I’ll present some arguments why the philosophy of Richard Rorty is connected to introverted intuition – INxJ (probably INTJ*) and the philosophy of Jürgen Habermas is connected to introverted thinking – IxTP (probably INTP*) according to MBTI. I feel rather confident, but I have to admit these arguments are vague, highly subjective and makes no proof.

*Habermas appears to me more slow and reliable (methodological thinking). Rorty quicker and more unpredictable (rich imagination).

*Habermas idea of philosophy: to be a stand in for ”empirical theories with strong universalistic claims” (the thinker tend to be a theoretican and system-builder). Rorty’s idea of philosophy: to ”scratch where it itches” (requires somewhat imaginative improvising).

*Habermas has been influenced by Immanuel Kant, and has sometimes been described as neo-Kantian (Carl Jung describes the works of Kant as a typical example of introvert thinking). Rorty’s philosophical heroes are Dewey, Heidegger and Wittgenstein (at least Heidegger and Wittgenstein are typed as introvert intuitives, Dewey I don’t know).

*Rorty makes a distinction between “ironists” and “metaphysicians”. The ironists are much described like intuitives, i.e. “Ironists take the writings of all the people with poetic gifts […] as grist to be put through the same dialectical mill”, while the metaphysicians are rather described like thinkers “[the metaphysicians] want to start by getting straight about which of these people were poets, which philosophers, and which scientists. [They] order texts by reference to a previously determined grid”. Rorty favors the ironists, and he concludes that Habermas is not (or ‘unwilling to be’) among them (see Jürgen Habermas, non-ironist and non-metaphysical philosopher).

With that said, Rorty and Habermas do not appear very different to me. Rorty is too balanced to fit in to the Introvert Intuitive type as described by Jung, and Habermas too balanced to fit in to the Introvert Thinking type.

INTJ – introverted intuition with thinking as auxilliary function
INTP – introverted thinking with intuition as auxillary function

Further reading

Introduction to some ideas and concepts of Richard Rorty
Jürgen Habermas, non-ironist and non-metaphysical philosopher
Task of philosophy is to use ”introvert intuition”? In this blog post I argue why introvert intuition is central in philosophy. Also I discuss the difference between introvert intuition and introvert thinking.
Psychological Types by Carl Jung


About Dandre

Former student of philosophy, maths and literature. Now studying master program in sociology. Some thinkers of central interest include Ludwig Wittgenstein, C. G. Jung and Pierre Bourdieu.
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3 Responses to Habermas and Rorty MBTI, Introverted Thinking vs. Introverted iNtuition

  1. Robotnick says:

    What do you think of Celebritytypes typing of Heidegger as ISTJ?

    I actually think Si makes sense for him.

    • Dandre says:

      Well, in that case I suppose ISTJ would be reasonable, as Si would be the dominant function in that personality type. I haven’t read much of Heidegger, and don’t know what type would fit him. But generally speaking, don’t you think it would be a bit weird with a philosopher being an S-type? The S-function is concerned with the concrete and practical, and not the abstract and theoretical. Philosophy as a subject mostly concerns the abstract, and I don’t think Heidegger is an exception to that? First and foremost I think one should think simple like that, when trying to make sense of what type somebody would be.
      Sometimes things ain’t simple though. I’m sure there are many people who are into philosophy who actually are sensation types. Part of reason can be that one wants to cover up for ones inferior function. But then I think one needs to find a particular reason, why things aren’t as they seem at first sight.

      • Robotnick says:

        Yeah, maybe it should be thought more simply like that but perhaps not. I think N types would defnitely be more inclined to philosophy but I can see high-IQ S types potentially getting into it as well.

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