Solidarity and the Stranger: Themes in the Social Philosophy of Richard Rorty

Solidarity and the Stranger: Themes in the Social Philosophy of Richard Rorty

by Ronald Alexander Kuipers
     
 

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In a critical yet sympathetic examination of Richard Rorty's philosophy, the author uses the biblical figure of "The Stranger" to explore some ethical tensions in Rorty's affirmation of a liberal polity. The book begins with an exegesis of Rorty's work in epistemology and metaphilosophy, especially as these subjects are developed in his magnum opus Philosophy and

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In a critical yet sympathetic examination of Richard Rorty's philosophy, the author uses the biblical figure of "The Stranger" to explore some ethical tensions in Rorty's affirmation of a liberal polity. The book begins with an exegesis of Rorty's work in epistemology and metaphilosophy, especially as these subjects are developed in his magnum opus Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. After appreciating Rorty's critique of epistemology-centered analytic philosophy, the book moves to explore Rorty's peculiar appropriation of pragmatism, and his rejection of philosophy as a foundational discipline or "superjudge" of human cultural practice and belief.

Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
...a commendable introduction to Rorty's social philosophy, accessible to college students but of sufficient depth for more advanced work.
Religious Studies Review - M. Njeri Jackson
...captures the promise and limitations of Rorty's ideas and the convergence and dissonance Kuipers experiences with Rorty's work.
Religious Studies Review - Tobias Winright
...a suitable study for graduate students and academicians...a rare sympathetic yet critical treatment of Rorty's influential work...especially from a religious perspective, this book is recommended.
Religious Studies Review - Gary E. Dann
...a good introduction and primer to Rorty and his social philosophy.
Booknews
A defense of contemporary philosopher Rorty's thought, which has received neglect and criticism from mainstream western philosophers. Largely concerned with answering charges against him. Suggests listening to the story he is telling rather than focusing on the logical premises he uses to support his conclusions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761808893
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
10/16/1997
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Alexander Kuipers is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Ontario.

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