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Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 201

Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity

In this 1989 book, Rorty examines human solidarity and liberalism through literature, philosophy, social theory and literary criticism.

Philosophy and Social Hope
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

Philosophy and Social Hope

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1999-08-26
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  • Publisher: Penguin UK

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.

What's the Use of Truth?
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 80

What's the Use of Truth?

American pragmatist Rorty and the French analytic philosopher Engel present their radically different perspectives on truth and its correspondence to reality. "What's the Use of Truth?" is a rare opportunity to experience each side of this impassioned debate clearly and concisely.

The Future of Religion
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 104

The Future of Religion

Though coming from different and distinct intellectual traditions, Richard Rorty and Gianni Vattimo are united in their criticism of the metaphysical tradition. The challenges they put forward extend beyond philosophy and entail a reconsideration of the foundations of belief in God and the religious life. They urge that the rejection of metaphysical truth does not necessitate the death of religion; instead it opens new ways of imagining what it is to be religious—ways that emphasize charity, solidarity, and irony. This unique collaboration, which includes a dialogue between the two philosophers, is notable not only for its fusion of pragmatism (Rorty) and hermeneutics (Vattimo) but also fo...

Take Care of Freedom and Truth Will Take Care of Itself
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 213

Take Care of Freedom and Truth Will Take Care of Itself

This volume collects a number of important and revealing interviews with Richard Rorty, spanning more than two decades of his public intellectual commentary, engagement, and criticism. In colloquial language, Rorty discusses the relevance and nonrelevance of philosophy to American political and public life. The collection also provides a candid set of insights into Rorty's political beliefs and his commitment to the labor and union traditions in this country. Finally, the interviews reveal Rorty to be a deeply engaged social thinker and observer.

Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 181

Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind

The art of the informal essay finds elegant voice in Oscar Mandel's The Book of Elaborations.

Consequences of Pragmatism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 237

Consequences of Pragmatism

Rorty seeks to tie philosophy's past to its future by connecting what he sees as the positive (and neglected) contributions of the American pragmatic philosophers to contemporary European developments. What emerges from his explorations is a revivified version of pragmatism that offers new hope for the future of philosophy."Rorty's dazzling tour through the history of modern philosophy, and his critical account of its present state (the best general introduction in print), is actually an argument that what we consider perennial problems--mind and body, consciousness and objects, the foundations of knowledge, the fact/value distinction--are merely the dead-ends this picture leads us into." Lo...

Essays on Heidegger and Others
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 202

Essays on Heidegger and Others

The second volume of Richard Rorty's collected papers discusses recent European philosophy focusing on the work of Heidegger and Derrida.

El Futuro de La Religion
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 127

El Futuro de La Religion

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An Ethics for Today
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 76

An Ethics for Today

Richard Rorty is famous, maybe even infamous, for his philosophical nonchalance. His groundbreaking work not only rejects all theories of truth but also dismisses modern epistemology and its preoccupation with knowledge and representation. At the same time, the celebrated pragmatist believed there could be no universally valid answers to moral questions, which led him to a complex view of religion rarely expressed in his writings. In this posthumous publication, Rorty, a strict secularist, finds in the pragmatic thought of John Dewey, John Stuart Mill, William James, and George Santayana, among others, a political imagination shared by religious traditions. His intent is not to promote belief over nonbelief or to blur the distinction between religious and public domains. Rorty seeks only to locate patterns of similarity and difference so an ethics of decency and a politics of solidarity can rise. He particularly responds to Pope Benedict XVI and his campaign against the relativist vision. Whether holding theologians, metaphysicians, or political ideologues to account, Rorty remains steadfast in his opposition to absolute uniformity and its exploitation of political strength.