Richard Rorty

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The first full-length work devoted to Richard Rorty from the perspective of political theory, Richard Rorty: Politics and Vision offers a fresh assessment of the promise of the renowned pragmatist's work. Framing Rorty's discourse as one of meaning and persuasion rather than truth and accuracy of representation, Christopher J. Voparil sheds new light on many of Rorty's most misunderstood and maligned stances, including his practice of "redescription" and his embrace of the novel and "sentimental education." As political theory, Rorty's perspective values imagination and the ability to create new angles of vision, and is driven by a deep desire to reinvigorate a detached contemporary left. A must-read for any student of contemporary political theory.

About the Author:
Christopher J. Voparil is the Chair of the Department of Humanities at Lynn University

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Editorial Reviews

The writting is clean and direct, something not easily achieved in the field, and one finsihes the book wanting further conversation with both Rorty and Voparil. Recommended.
James Miller
Christopher Voparil has written a very intelligent book on an essential but elusive political thinker: anyone interested in understanding the irony (and contingency) of Rorty’s vision of liberalism will want to read it.
The writting is clean and direct, something not easily achieved in the field, and one finsihes the book wanting further conversation with both Rorty and Voparil. Recommended.
Sankar Muthu
A superb analysis of Rorty’s political thought and of the diverse sources that inform it. By reading thinkers such as Hume, Emerson, Dewey, Whitman, and Thoreau both with and against Rorty, Voparil makes a rich contribution to democratic theory and masterfully identifies the distinctive insights and limits of pragmatist political thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742551664
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: 20th Century Political Thinkers Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher J. Voparil is chair of the Department of Humanities at Lynn University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : reading Rorty 1
1 Pragmatism and personal vision 9
2 The mirror and the lever 35
3 The politics of the novel 61
4 The limits of sympathy 89
5 Public pragmatism and private narcissism 113
6 America as the greatest poem 155
Conclusion : Rorty and Thesis Eleven 183
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