Friday, August 14, 2020

New Book: Unpublished papers by Richard Rorty

On Philosophy and Philosophers
Unpublished Papers, 1960–2000

by Richard Rorty

Edited by W. P. Małecki & Chris Voparil

(Cambridge University Press, 2020)

250 pages


"On Philosophy and Philosophers" is a volume of unpublished philosophical papers by Richard Rorty, a central figure in late-twentieth-century intellectual debates and a primary force behind the resurgence of American pragmatism. The first collection of new work to appear since his death in 2007, these previously unseen papers advance novel views on metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophical semantics and the social role of philosophy, critically engaging canonical and contemporary figures from Plato and Kant to Kripke and Brandom. This book's diverse offerings, which include technical essays written for specialists and popular lectures, refine our understanding of Rorty's perspective and demonstrate the ongoing relevance of the iconoclastic American philosopher's ground-breaking thought.

Contents [PDF]

Introduction. Rorty as a Critical Philosopher [PDF] - Wojciech Małecki & Christopher Voparil

Part I. Early Papers

1. Philosophy as Ethics
2. Philosophy as Spectatorship and Participation
3. Kant as a Critical Philosopher
4. The Paradox of Definitism
5. Reductionism
6. Phenomenology, Linguistic Analysis, and Cartesianism: Comments on Ricoeur
7. The Incommunicability of 'Felt Qualities'
8. Kripke on Mind-Body Identity

Part II. Later Papers

9. Philosophy as Epistemology: Reply to Hacking and Kim
10. Naturalized Epistemology and Norms: Replies to Goldman and Fodor
11. The Objectivity of Values
12. What is Dead in Plato
13. The Current State of Philosophy in the U.S.
14. Brandom's Conversationalism: Davidson and Making It Explicit
15. Bald Naturalism and McDowell's Hylomorphism
16. Reductionist vs. Neo-Wittgensteinian Semantics
17. Remarks on Nishida and Nishitani.

See also the Richard Rorty Collection at the UCI Libraries, University of California, Irvine [PDF file here].

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