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A Post-Philosophical Politics: Interviews with Richard Rorty

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"Brilliant, lively, ethically inspiring, Richard Rorty’s new compilation is an extension of his recent political analysis and diagnosis of the contemporary American condition. At least since Philosophy and Social Hope, but certainly well before then, Rorty has been one of the precious few eminent social critics and commentators whose thoughts are always conveyed with philosophical sophistication and supreme literary stylization. This is the kind of book that, unlike so many others today, truly deserves to be talked about, debated, and reviewed

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Overview

"Brilliant, lively, ethically inspiring, Richard Rorty’s new compilation is an extension of his recent political analysis and diagnosis of the contemporary American condition. At least since Philosophy and Social Hope, but certainly well before then, Rorty has been one of the precious few eminent social critics and commentators whose thoughts are always conveyed with philosophical sophistication and supreme literary stylization. This is the kind of book that, unlike so many others today, truly deserves to be talked about, debated, and reviewed everywhere.” —Drucilla Cornell,Rutgers University
"Rorty is an extraordinarily important and influential philosopher, both inside and outside philosophy. His thoughtful political and social views are worth presenting in interview format . . . . Many of the interviews here are otherwise inaccessible, making this collection invaluable.” —Samuel C. Wheeler III, University of Connecticut

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Editorial Reviews

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In 1979, Rorty (humanities, Univ. of Virginia) shocked the members of the philosophical academy by exposing them as emperors without clothes, pointing out the bankruptcy of their epistemological systems and calling for an end to philosophy as it was being practiced. His Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature issued a clarion call to philosophers to think of philosophy not as a set of metaphysical propositions verified by language, but as a series of edifying discourses. Rorty later turned to writers like Vladimir Nabokov and Milan Kundera, whose work, he believed, offered an entry into philosophical thinking about culture. He also took his notions of philosophers as "conversation partners" into politics and religion as he tried to recover both the pragmatism of John Dewey and the liberalism of Irving Howe for our times. The interviews collected here, which span more than two decades, follow these trajectories. With an introduction by Mendieta (philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook), they range in topic from literature, politics, and postmetaphysical philosophy to democracy and pragmatism. Most have been previously published. While all present Rorty as an outspoken thinker and our preeminent philosopher, they reveal little that we don't already know. Recommended for academic libraries only.-Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Lancaster, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804746175
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Series: Cultural Memory in the Present Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Rorty is Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of three volumes of Philosophical Papers (1991-1998), and Philosophy and Social Hope (1999). Eduardo Mendieta is Associate Professor of Philosophy at SUNY, Stony Brook. He is the author of Adventures of Transcendental Philosophy: Karl-Otto Apel’s Semiotics and Discourse Ethics (2002).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : "take care of freedom and truth will take care of itself" : toward a postphilosophical politics
1 The quest for uncertainty : Richard Rorty's pilgrimage 1
2 From philosophy to postphilosophy 18
3 Postphilosophical politics 28
4 After philosophy, democracy 34
5 Toward a postmetaphysical culture 46
6 There is a crisis coming 56
7 Persuasion is a good thing 66
8 On philosophy and politics 89
9 The best can be an enemy of the better 104
10 On September 11, 2001 114
11 Worlds or words apart? : the consequences of pragmatism for literary studies 120
12 Biography and philosophy 148
Bibliography of Richard Rorty's writings 161
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