The Rorty Reader / Edition 1

The Rorty Reader / Edition 1

by Christopher J. Voparil
     
 

The Rorty Reader represents the first comprehensive collection of the writings of Richard Rorty, one of the twentieth century’s most influential thinkers, best known for the controversial Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979). Gathering together key essays from over four decades of writings, the volume offers an in-depth introduction to the

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The Rorty Reader represents the first comprehensive collection of the writings of Richard Rorty, one of the twentieth century’s most influential thinkers, best known for the controversial Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979). Gathering together key essays from over four decades of writings, the volume offers an in-depth introduction to the philosopher's life and prolific body of work. Topics addressed include the continuities and transformations that span Rorty's early training in the history of philosophy, his engagement with the analytic tradition, and the 1979 publication that brought him international renown. Particular attention is devoted to his later political writings, including his turn to literature as the vehicle of moral reflection most suitable to democratic life, and his embrace of philosophy as cultural politics.

With selections from The Linguistic Turn (1967), Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989), Achieving Our Country (1998), and his four volumes of philosophical papers, including Philosophy as Cultural Politics (2007), as well as in-depth interviews and revealing autobiographical pieces, The Rorty Reader offers a compelling and representative view of Rorty’s relationship with American pragmatism and the overall intellectual trajectory of his philosophical and political thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405198318
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/17/2010
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Readers Series, #5
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Source Acknowledgments xiii

Abbreviations xvi

General Introduction 1

Part I Toward Philosophy without Mirrors 53

1 Introduction to The Linguistic Turn 60

2 Dewey's Metaphysics 71

3 Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature: Introduction and Chapter VIII 84

4 Pragmatism, Relativism, and Irrationalism 111

5 Nineteenth-Century Idealism and Twentieth-Century Textualism 122

Part II Conversations with Analytic Philosophy 139

6 From Logic to Language to Play 145

7 Pragmatism, Davidson, and Truth 152

8 Twenty-Five Years After 175

9 Putnam and the Relativist Menace 180

10 Analytic and Conversational Philosophy 195

Part III From Antirepresentationalism to Political Liberalism 205

11 Philosophy as Science, as Metaphor, and as Politics 211

12 Solidarity or Objectivity" 227

13 The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy 239

14 Freud and Moral Reflection 259

15 Private Irony and Liberal Hope 279

Part IV Pragmatism, Literature, and Democracy 297

16 The Humanistic Intellectual: Eleven Theses 304

17 Heidegger, Kundera, and Dickens 307

18 De Man and the American Cultural Left 321

19 Feminism and Pragmatism 330

20 Human Rights, Rationality, and Sentimentality 351

21 Looking Backwards From the Year 2096 366

22 American National Pride: Whitman and Dewey 372

23 Redemption from Egotism: James and Proust as Spiritual Exercises 389

Part V Philosophy as Cultural Politics 407

24 Truth without Correspondence to Reality 415

25 Ethics Without Principles 425

26 Justice as a Larger Loyalty 433

27 Pragmatism as Romantic Polytheism 444

28 Religion in the Public Square: A Reconsideration 456

29 Is"Cultural Recognition" a Useful Concept for Leftist Politics" 463

30 Philosophy as a Transitional Genre 473

Part VI Autobiological 489

31 From Philosophy to Post-Philosophy: An Interview with Richard Rorty 493

32 Trotsky and the Wild Orchids 500

33 Biography and Philosophy 511

34 The Fire of Life 520

Guide to Further Reading 522

Index 525

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