Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Rorty Reader

The Rorty Reader

Ed. by
Christopher J. Voparil & Richard J. Bernstein

(Wiley-Blackwell, April 2010)

576 pp.


The first comprehensive collection of the work of Richard Rorty (1931-2007), "The Rorty Reader" brings key essays published across many volumes and journals into one collection, including selections from his final volume of philosophical papers, "Philosophy as Cultural Politics" (Cambridge University Press, 2007). It contains the previously unpublished (in English) essay, “Redemption from Egotism” and includes in-depth interviews and several revealing autobiographical pieces.


General Introduction by Christopher J. Voparil [preview]

Part I: Toward Philosophy without Mirrors

1. Introduction to The Linguistic Turn [pdf]
2. Dewey’s Metaphysics
3. Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature: Introduction and Chapter VIII
4. Pragmatism, Relativism, and Irrationalism
5. Nineteenth-Century Idealism and Twentieth-Century Textualism

Part II: Conversations with Analytic Philosophy

6. From Logic to Language to Play
7. Pragmatism, Davidson, and Truth
8. Twenty-Five Years After
9. Putnam and the Relativist Menace
10. Analytic and Conversational Philosophy

Part III: From Antirepresentationalism to Political Liberalism

11. Philosophy as Science, as Metaphor, and as Politics
12. Solidarity or Objectivity?
13. The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy
14. Freud and Moral Reflection
15. Private Irony and Liberal Hope

Part IV: Pragmatism, Literature, and Democracy

16. The Humanistic Intellectual: Eleven Theses
17. Heidegger, Kundera, and Dickens
18. De Man and the American Cultural Left
19. Feminism and Pragmatism
20. Human Rights, Rationality, and Sentimentality
21. Looking Backwards from the Year 2096
22. American National Pride: Whitman and Dewey
23. Redemption from Egotism: James and Proust as Spiritual Exercises

Part V: Philosophy as Cultural Politics

24. Truth without Correspondence to Reality
25. Ethics without Principles
26. Justice as a Larger Loyalty
27. Pragmatism as Romantic Polytheism
28. Religion in the Public Square: A Reconsideration
29. Is “Cultural Recognition” a Useful Concept for Leftist Politics?
30. Philosophy as a Transitional Genre

Part VI: Autobiographical:

31. From Philosophy to Post-Philosophy
32. Trotsky and the Wild Orchids
33. Biography and Philosophy
34. The Fire of Life

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