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Title:
The Rorty reader
Author:
Voparil, Christopher J., 1969-
ISBN:
9781405198325

9781405198318
Publication Information:
Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Physical Description:
xvii, 548 p. ; 26 cm.
Series:
Blackwell readers
Contents:
Toward philosophy without mirrors -- Introduction: Metaphilosophical difficulties of lingustic philosophy -- Dewey's metaphysics -- Philosophy and the mirror of nature -- Pragmatism, relativism, and irrationalism -- Nineteenth-century idealism and twentieth-century textualism -- Conversations with analytic philosophy -- From logic to language to play -- Pragmatism, Davidson, and truth -- Twenty-five years after -- Putnam and the relativist menace -- Analytic and conversational philosophy -- From anti-representationalism -- To political liberalism -- Philosophy as science, as metaphor, and as politics -- Solidarity or objectivity -- The priority of democracy to philosophy -- Freud and moral reflection -- Private irony and liberal hope -- Pragmatism, literature, and democracy -- The humanistic intellectual eleven theses -- Philosophers, novelists, and intercultural comparisons: Heidegger, Kundera, and Dickens -- De man and the American cultural left -- Feminism and pragmatism -- Human rights, rationality, and sentimentality -- Looking backwards from the year 2096 -- American national pride Whitman and Dewey -- Redemption from egotism -- Philosophy as cultural politics -- Truth without correspondence to reality -- Ethics without principles -- Justice as a larger loyalty -- Pragmatism as romantic polytheism -- Religion in the public square -- Is cultural recognition a useful concept for leftist politics? -- Philosophy as a transitional genre -- Autobiographical -- From philosophy to post-philosophy -- Trotsky and the wild orchids -- Biography and philosophy -- The fire of life.
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Summary

The first comprehensive collection of the work of Richard Rorty(1931-2007), The Rorty Reader brings together the influentialAmerican philosopher?s essential essays from over fourdecades of writings. Offers a comprehensive introduction to Richard Rorty's life andbody of work Brings key essays published across many volumes and journalsinto one collection, including selections from his final volume ofphilosophical papers, Philosophy as Cultural Politics (2007)) Contains the previously unpublished (in English) essay,?Redemption from Egotism? Includes in-depth interviews, and several revealingautobiographical pieces Represents the fullest portrait available today onRorty?s relationship with American pragmatism and thetrajectory of his thought


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Source Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvii
General Introductionp. 1
Part I Toward Philosophy without Mirrorsp. 53
1 Introduction to The Linguistic Turnp. 60
2 Dewey's Metaphysicsp. 71
3 Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature: Introduction and Chapter VIIIp. 84
4 Pragmatism, Relativism, and Irrationalismp. 111
5 Nineteenth-Century Idealism and Twentieth-Century Textualismp. 122
Part II Conversations with Analytic Philosophyp. 139
6 From Logic to Language to Playp. 145
7 Pragmatism, Davidson, and Truthp. 152
8 Twenty-Five Years Afterp. 175
9 Putnam and the Relativist Menacep. 180
10 Analytic and Conversational Philosophyp. 195
Part III From Antirepresentationalism to Political Liberalismp. 205
11 Philosophy as Science, as Metaphor, and as Politicsp. 211
12 Solidarity or Objectivity?p. 227
13 The Priority of Democracy to Philosophyp. 239
14 Freud and Moral Reflectionp. 259
15 Private Irony and Liberal Hopep. 279
Part IV Pragmatism, Literature, and Democracyp. 297
16 The Humanistic Intellectual: Eleven Thesesp. 304
17 Heidegger, Kundera, and Dickensp. 307
18 De Man and the American Cultural Leftp. 321
19 Feminism and Pragmatismp. 330
20 Human Rights, Rationality, and Sentimentalityp. 351
21 Looking Backwards from the Year 2096p. 366
22 American National Pride: Whitman and Deweyp. 372
23 Redemption from Egotism: James and Proust as Spiritual Exercisesp. 389
Part V Philosophy as Cultural Politicsp. 407
24 Truth without Correspondence to Realityp. 415
25 Ethics Without Principlesp. 425
26 Justice as a Larger Loyaltyp. 433
27 Pragmatism as Romantic Polytheismp. 444
28 Religion in the Public Square: A Reconsiderationp. 456
29 Is "Cultural Recognition" a Useful Concept for Leftist Politics?p. 463
30 Philosophy as a Transitional Genrep. 473
Part VI Autobiographicalp. 489
31 From Philosophy to Post-Philosophy: An Interview with Richard Rortyp. 493
32 Trotsky and the Wild Orchidsp. 500
33 Biography and Philosophyp. 511
34 The Fire of Lifep. 520
Guide to Further Readingp. 522
Indexp. 525