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Since Plato most philosophy has aimed at true knowledge, penetrating beneath appearances to an underlying reality. Against this tradition, Richard Rorty convincingly argues, pragmatism offers a new philosophy of hope. One of the most controversial figures in recent philosophical and wider literary and cultural debate, Rorty brings together an original collection of his most recent philosophical and cultural writings. He explains in a fascinating memoir how he began to move away from Plato towards William James and Dewey, culminating in his own version of pragmatism. What ultimately matters, Rorty suggests, is not whether our ideas correspond to some fundamental reality but whether they help us carry out practical tasks and create a fairer and more democratic society.

Aimed at a general audience, this volume offers a stimulating summary of Rorty's central philosophical beliefs, as well as some challenging insights into contemporary culture, justice, education, and love.

Synopsis:

An introduction to Richard Rorty, a provocative figure in recent philosophical, literary and cultural debate. The book includes his most influential work along with some more polemical and less strictly philosophical essays in a summary of his central philosophical beliefs.

About the Author

Richard Rorty is a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University and the author of many books of philosophy, including Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature; Contingency, Irony and Solidarity; and Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in 20th-Century America.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction: Relativism: Finding and Making

I. Autobiographical

1. Trotsy and the Wild Orchids

II. Hope in Place of Knowledge: A Version of Pragmatism

2. Truth without Correspondence to Reality

3. A World without Substances or Essences

4. Ethics without Principles

III. Some Applications of Pragmatism

5. The Banality of Pragmatism and the Poetry of Justice

6. Pragmatism and Law: A Response to David Luban

7. Education as Socialization and as Individuation

8. The Humanistic Intellectual: Eleven Theses

9. The Pragmatist's Progress: Umberto Eco on Interpretation

10. Religious Fatih, Intellectual Responsibility and Romance

11. Religion as Conversation-stopper

12. Thomas Kuhn, Rocks, and the Laws of Physics

13. On Heidegger's Nazism

IV. Politics

14. Failed Prophecies, Glorious Hopes

15. A Spectre is Haunting the Intellectuals: Derrida on Marx

16. Love and Money

17. Globalization, the Politics of Identity and Social Hope

V. Contemporary America

18. Looking Backwards from the Year 2096

19. The Unpatriotic Academy

20. Back to Class Politics

Afterword: Pragmatism, Pluralism and Postmodernism

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140262889
Author:
Rorty, Richard
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Western
Subject:
Philosophy, modern
Subject:
Pragmatism
Subject:
Politics and culture
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Western x
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Philosophy, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
105-545
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.78x5.08x.81 in. .54 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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