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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0140262881
ISBN-13: 9780140262889
Sku: 30548492
Publish Date: 12/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  320
Age Range:  22 to UP
 
*Author: Rorty, Richard *Publication Date: 1999/12/01 *Number of Pages: 288 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75
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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.

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The celebrated American pragmatist and social critic has compiled a collection of his own work, punctuated with a telling memoir, which introduces and explains the central tenets of the social neo-pragmatism that he advocates.
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Richard Rorty
Richard Rorty was a public philosopher best known for his brand of pragmatism. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from Yale. After holding teaching posts at such esteemed universities as Princeton and the University of Virginia, Rorty moved to Stanford University as a professor of comparative literature and philosophy. His activity in the humanities was molded not only by his respect for American pragmatists, such as Dewey, but also by his incorporation of continental philosophers, such as Heidegger and Derrida, into his post-analytic philosophies of language and neo-pragmatism. A vocal and accessible philosopher, Rorty's most popular books are: PHILOSOPHY AND THE MIRROR OF NATURE, CONTINGENCY, IRONY, AND SOLIDARITY, and ACHIEVING OUR COUNTRY. His critics accused him at different times of relativism, inconsistency, and being an irreverent name-dropper. Yet, Rorty was, above all, a critical thinker engaged with social and epistemological questions of a contemporary and a timeless nature.

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New York Observer
"Instead of moral certitude, [Rorty] urges us to champion American individuality, flexibility and idiosyncrasy--qualities brilliantly on display in this book." - Stephen Metcalf 1/31/00

Boston Book Review
"The broadness and diversity of Rorty's interests is one of his chief virtues....Many of his attacks on various metaphysical traditions are well motivated; and there is much to be learned from a careful reading of his work, whether or not one ultimately accepts his views." - Troy Jollimore April, 2000

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0320
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