Rorty and Pragmatism: The Philosopher Responds to His Critics / Edition 1

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A penetrating and illuminating exchange of views between Richard Rorty, a highly influential and sometimes controversial philosopher, and seven of his most thoughtful critics, providing new insights into the impact of his work on contemporary American philosophy.

Richard Rorty, William R. Kenan Professor and University Professor of Humanities at the University of Virginia, is a frequent and influential contributor to major literary magazines and professional journals in this country and abroad. Among his best-known book publications are The Linguistic Turn (1967 and 1992), Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), The Consequences of Pragmatism (1982), and Contingency, Irony and Solidarity (1989).

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The highly influential and sometimes controversial philosopher responds to critics of his view of philosophy as pragmatic, interpretive, and historicist. He challenges established forms of philosophical inquiry, especially epistemology and metaphysics, and refutes philosophical claims to unchanging truth and scientific accuracy. Includes essays by Rorty and other philosophers, and responses by Rorty. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, is general editor of the Vanderbilt Library of American Philosophy.
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Table of Contents

Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.
1. Dewey Between Hegel and Darwin
Richard Rorty
2. Rorty's Pragmatism and Farewell to the Age of Faith and Enlightenment
Charles Hartshorne (University of Texas)
Response by Richard Rorty
3. America and the Contestations of Modernity: Bentley, Dewey, Rorty
Thelma Z. Lavine (George Mason University)
4. American Pragmatism: The Conflict of Narratives
Richard Bernstein (New School for Social Research)
Response to Lavine and Bernstein by Richard Rorty
5. What is the Legacy of Instrumentalism? Rorty's Interpretation of Dewey
James Gouinlock (Emory University)
Response by Richard Rorty
6. Pragmatism as Naturalized Hegelianism: Overcoming Transcendental Philosophy?
Allen Hance (University of Illinois)
Response by Richard Rorty
7. Vulgar Pragmatism: An Unedifying Prospect
Susan Haack (University of Miami)
Response by Richard Rorty
8. Rorty and Antirealism
Frank B. Farrell (SUNY Purchase)
Response by Richard Rorty
9. Philosophy and the Future
Richard Rorty
A Bibliography of Publications by Richard Rorty
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