Richard Rorty

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Overview

The first full-length work devoted to Richard Rorty from the perspective of political theory, this book offers a fresh assessment of the promise of the renowned pragmatist's project. Framing Rorty's discourse as one of meaning and persuasion rather than truth and accuracy of representation, Voparil sheds new light on many of Rorty's most misunderstood and maligned stances, including his practice of 'redescription' and disavowal of 'getting it right,' as well as his embrace of the novel and 'sentimental education.' As political theory, Rorty's perspective, not unlike Sheldon Wolin's, values the imagination, the ability to come up with new metaphors and angles of vision, and is driven by a deep desire to reinvigorate a moribund and detached contemporary left. Voparil's account engages the full range of Rorty's intellectual forebears, grounding his thought in an American tradition that extends beyond the classical pragmatists to include Emerson, Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and James Baldwin, in addition to chapters that trace Rorty's connection to such diverse figures as Marx, Mill, Dickens, Isaiah Berlin, and Milan Kundera.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
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.
CHOICE
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

Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 List of Abbreviations Chapter 3 Introduction: Reading Rorty Chapter 4 Chapter 1. Pragmatism and Personal Vision Chapter 5 Chapter 2. The Mirror and the Lever Chapter 6 Chapter 3. The Politics of the Novel Chapter 7 Chapter 4. The Limits of Sympathy Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Reflections on Public and Private Chapter 9 Chapter 6. American as the Greatest Poem Chapter 10 Conclusion. Rorty and Thesis Eleven
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