A Pragmatist's Progress?: Richard Rorty and American Intellectual History / Edition 240

A Pragmatist's Progress?: Richard Rorty and American Intellectual History / Edition 240

by John Pettegrew
     
 

In this volume, a host of distinguished scholars examine Richard Rorty's influence on twentieth-century American pragmatism and its commitment to achieving social democracy. Rorty's reclaiming of the pragmatist tradition and his contribution to the discipline of intellectual history are highlighted; at the same time, each essay finds Rorty's pragmatism (most fully… See more details below

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In this volume, a host of distinguished scholars examine Richard Rorty's influence on twentieth-century American pragmatism and its commitment to achieving social democracy. Rorty's reclaiming of the pragmatist tradition and his contribution to the discipline of intellectual history are highlighted; at the same time, each essay finds Rorty's pragmatism (most fully enunciated in "Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity") lacking in its privatist vision of the good life. This criticism is drawn out through explicit comparisons between Rorty and his grandfather Walter Rauschenbusch, William James, John Dewey, Randolph Bourne, Richard J. Bernstein, and other twentieth century pragmatist thinkers. This volume offers the most complete historical treatment of this controversial intellectual to date.

Author Biography: John Pettegrew is assistant professor of history at Lehigh University. He is currently completing a book entitled "Brutes in Suits: The Pathological Origins of American Masculinity, 1890-1920."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847690626
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Series:
American Intellectual Culture Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Pragmatism: An Old Name for Some New Ways of Thinking?19
2Rorty, Radicalism, Romanticism: The Politics of The Gaze61
3Private Life and Public Commitment: From Walter Rauschenbusch to Richard Rorty85
4Lives of Irony: Randolph Bourne, Richard Rorty, & a New Genealogy of Critical Pragmatism103
5Is It Pragmatism? Rorty and the American Tradition135
6Is the Revival of Pragmatism Practical, or What Are the Consequences of Pragmatism?151
7Narrative Politics: Richard Rorty at the "End of Reform"181
Afterword: Intellectual Historians and Pragmatist Philosophy207
Index213
About the Contributors221

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