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Philosophy and Social Hope
     

Philosophy and Social Hope

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by Richard Rorty
 

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Richard Rorty is one of the most provocative figures in recent philosophical, literary and cultural debate. This collection brings together those of his writings aimed at a wider audience, many published in book form for the first time. In these eloquent essays, articles and lectures, Rorty gives a stimulating summary of his central philosophical beliefs and how they

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Richard Rorty is one of the most provocative figures in recent philosophical, literary and cultural debate. This collection brings together those of his writings aimed at a wider audience, many published in book form for the first time. In these eloquent essays, articles and lectures, Rorty gives a stimulating summary of his central philosophical beliefs and how they relate to his political hopes; he also offers some challenging insights into contemporary America, justice, education and love.

Editorial Reviews

Stephen Metcalf
Instead of moral certitude, [Rorty] urges us to champion American individuality, flexibility and idiosyncrasy–qualities brilliantly on display in this book.
The New York Observer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140262889
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
509,213
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Rorty is Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of PHILSOPHY AND THE MIRROR OF NATURE, CONTINGENCY, IRONY AND SOLIDARITY, and ACHIEVING OUR COUNTRY.

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Philosophy and Social Hope 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, which is a collection of essays Rorty wrote, presents the whole of Rorty's philosophy in the tradition of Dewey's pramatism that attempts to overcome an uncertain and relative world (a view which I agree with). His style, especially with his leftist political views in sections 14 thru 17, reminds me of Chomsky. I recommend this work, although, if you're a first time Rorty reader, check out his book Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature beforehand, which, in my opinion, is one of the best books to come out in American Philosophy in the last few decades. However, in the work here concerned, one small complaint: Chapter 18 with his 'Looking backwards from 2094' is just, well, if Rorty ever writes Science Fiction, he'd probably be writing the sequels to the Ewok or C.H.U.D. movies. However, apart from the literary cheeziness in that one small chapter, Rorty makes some good social points, ones which most of us are ignorant. If Rorty, or someone like Rorty, was ever put in a position to affect the policy of this nation, I am sure nothing but good would come of it. And for that reason, I give this book 5 stars.