Richard Rorty: Politics and Vision

Richard Rorty: Politics and Vision

by Christopher J. Voparil
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742551660

ISBN-13: 9780742551664

Pub. Date: 07/10/2006

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742551664
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/10/2006
Series:
20th Century Political Thinkers Series
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
List of Abbreviations of Rorty Texts     xiii
Introduction: Reading Rorty     1
Pragmatism and Personal Vision     9
The Mirror and the Lever     35
The Politics of the Novel     61
The Limits of Sympathy     89
Public Pragmatism and Private Narcissism     113
America as the Greatest Poem     155
Conclusion: Rorty and Thesis Eleven     183
Index     195
About the Author     201

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