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Posted August 12, 2004
This book, which is a collection of essays Rorty wrote, presents the whole of Rorty's philosophy in the tradition of Dewey's pramatism that attempts to overcome an uncertain and relative world (a view which I agree with). His style, especially with his leftist political views in sections 14 thru 17, reminds me of Chomsky. I recommend this work, although, if you're a first time Rorty reader, check out his book Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature beforehand, which, in my opinion, is one of the best books to come out in American Philosophy in the last few decades. However, in the work here concerned, one small complaint: Chapter 18 with his 'Looking backwards from 2094' is just, well, if Rorty ever writes Science Fiction, he'd probably be writing the sequels to the Ewok or C.H.U.D. movies. However, apart from the literary cheeziness in that one small chapter, Rorty makes some good social points, ones which most of us are ignorant. If Rorty, or someone like Rorty, was ever put in a position to affect the policy of this nation, I am sure nothing but good would come of it. And for that reason, I give this book 5 stars.
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