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@fmct:Contents @toc4:Acknowledgments iii Introduction @tocca:Eduardo Mendieta iii @toc2:1 The Quest for Uncertainty: Richard Rorty's Pilgrimage 000 2 From Philosophy to Postphilosophy 000 3 Postphilosophical Politics 000 4 After Philosophy, Democracy 000 5 Toward a Postmetaphysical Culture 000 6 There is a Crisis Coming: A Conversation with Richard Rorty 000 7 Persuasion is a Good Thing 000 8 On Philosophy and Politics 000 9 The Best Can Be an Enemy of the Better 000 10 On September 11, 2001 000 11 Worlds or Words Apart? The Consequences of Pragmatism for Literary Studies 000 12 Biography and Philosophy 000 @toc4:Bibliography of Richard Rorty's Writings 000 Sources 000

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Richard Rorty is Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of three volumes of Philosophical Papers (1991-1998), and Philosophy and Social Hope (1999). Eduardo Mendieta is Associate Professor of Philosophy at SUNY, Stony Brook. He is the author of Adventures of Transcendental Philosophy: Karl-Otto Apel's Semiotics and Discourse Ethics (2002).


In 1979, Rorty (humanities, Univ. of Virginia) shocked the members of the philosophical academy by exposing them as emperors without clothes, pointing out the bankruptcy of their epistemological systems and calling for an end to philosophy as it was being practiced. His Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature issued a clarion call to philosophers to think of philosophy not as a set of metaphysical propositions verified by language, but as a series of edifying discourses. Rorty later turned to writers like Vladimir Nabokov and Milan Kundera, whose work, he believed, offered an entry into philosophical thinking about culture. He also took his notions of philosophers as "conversation partners" into politics and religion as he tried to recover both the pragmatism of John Dewey and the liberalism of Irving Howe for our times. The interviews collected here, which span more than two decades, follow these trajectories. With an introduction by Mendieta (philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook), they range in topic from literature, politics, and postmetaphysical philosophy to democracy and pragmatism. Most have been previously published. While all present Rorty as an outspoken thinker and our preeminent philosopher, they reveal little that we don't already know. Recommended for academic libraries only.-Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Lancaster, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"The United States has produced a great many idiosyncratic champions of human freedom, Walt Whitman and William James above all. It is time to recognize Rorty's place in that lineage." - Dissent "Rorty is an extraordinarily important and influential philosopher, both inside and outside philosophy. His thoughtful political and social views are worth presenting in interview format ... Many of the interviews here are otherwise inaccessible, making this collection invaluable." - Samuel C. Wheeler III, University of Connecticut

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