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Rorty, Richard

Works: 1,690 works in 2,755 publications in 10 languages and 52,024 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Creator, Commentator, Other, Compiler, Contributor
Classifications: B945,
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Philosophy and the mirror of nature by Richard Rorty( Book )

77 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 2,272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

30 years ago Richard Rorty argued that philosophers had developed an unhealthy obsession with the notion of representation: comparing the mind to a mirror that reflects reality. The book now stands as a classic of 20th-century philosophy
Contingency, irony, and solidarity by Richard Rorty( Book )

89 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American philosopher Richard Rorty argues that thinkers such as Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein have enabled societies to see themselves as historical contingencies, rather than as expressions of underlying, ahistorical human nature, or as realizations of suprahistorical goals. This ironic perspective on the human condition is valuable but it cannot advance Liberalism's social and political goals. In fact, Rorty believes that it is literature and not philosophy that can do this, by promoting a genuine sense of human solidarity. Specifically, it is novelists such as Orwell and Nabokov who succeed in awakening us to the cruelty of particular social practices and individual attitudes. Thus, a truly liberal culture would fuse the private, individual freedom of the ironic, philosophical perspective with the public project of human solidarity as it is engendered through the insights and sensibilities of great writers. Rorty uses a wide range of references - from philosophy to social theory to literary criticism - to elucidate his beliefs
The linguistic turn; recent essays in philosophical method by Richard Rorty( Book )

50 editions published between 1967 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Achieving our country : leftist thought in twentieth-century America by Richard Rorty( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How have national pride and American patriotism come to seem an endorsement of atrocities - from slavery to the slaughter of Native Americans, from the rape of ancient forests to the Vietnam War? Achieving Our Country traces the sources of this debilitating mentality of shame in the Left, as well as the harm it does to its proponents and to the country. At the center of this history is the conflict between the Old Left and the New that arose during the Vietnam War. Richard Rorty describes how the paradoxical victory of the antiwar movement, ushering in the Nixon years, encouraged a disillusioned generation of intellectuals to pursue "High Theory" at the expense of considering the place of ideas in our common life. In the absence of a vibrant, active Left, the views of intellectuals on the American Right have come to dominate the public sphere. This galvanizing book, adapted from Rorty's Massey Lectures of 1997, takes the first step toward redressing the imbalance in American cultural life by rallying those on the Left to the civic engagement and inspiration needed for "achieving our country."
Truth and progress by Richard Rorty( Book )

36 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays in the volume engage the work of many of today's most innovative thinkers, including Robert Brandom, Donald Davidson, Daniel Dennett, Jacques Derrida, Jurgen Habermas, John McDowell, Hilary Putnam, John Searle, and Charles Taylor. The collection also touches on problems in contemporary feminism raised by Annette Baier, Marilyn Frye, and Catherine MacKinnon, and considers issues connected with human rights and cultural differences. Anyone with a serious interest in contemporary philosophy and what it can do for us in the modern world will enjoy this invaluable collection
Philosophy in history : essays on the historiography of philosophy( Book )

47 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Los ensayos contenidos en este volumen examinan la actual controversia sobre la relación entre la filosofía y su historia. Por una parte, los historiadores de la vida intelectual suelen acusar a los filósofos de escribir historias de la filosofía deleznables, anacrónicas; por la otra, los filósofos suelen acusar a los historiadores intelectuales de escribir historias de la filosofía obsoletas, propias de aficionados a las antigüedades. Los ensayos aquí reunidos se ocupan de esa controversia y se interrogan acerca de cuál debe ser la finalidad de la historia de la filosofía. Con un enfoque esencialmente teorético y metodológico analizan cuestiones como la de saber si existen problemas filosóficos , si los problemas de una época son conmensurables con los de otra distinta, y cuál es el estilo adecuado a la hisoriografía del tema. Todos los ensayos fueron encargados especialmente, y entre sus autores se encuentran muchas de las figuras más destacadas de la disciplina. El volumen, en su conjunto, será de indudable utilidad para todos cuantos se interesan por el estudio de la filosofía y de su historia." --Contratapa
Consequences of pragmatism : essays, 1972-1980 by Richard Rorty( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on pragmatism discussing various philosophers
Objectivity, relativism, and truth by Richard Rorty( Book )

52 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume Rorty offers a Deweyan account of objectivity as intersubjectivity, one that drops claims about universal validity and instead focuses on utility for the purposes of a community. The sense in which the natural sciences are exemplary for inquiry is explicated in terms of the moral virtues of scientific communities rather than in terms of a special scientific method. The volume concludes with reflections on the relation of social democratic politics to philosophy
Essays on Heidegger and others by Richard Rorty( Book )

41 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Rortyʹs collected papers, written during the 1980s and now published in two volumes, take up some of the issues which divide Anglo-Saxon analytic philosophers and contemporary French and German philosophers and offer something of a compromise -- agreeing with the latter in their criticisms of traditional notions of truth and objectivity, but disagreeing with them over the political implications they draw from dropping traditional philosophical doctrines. The second volume pursues the themes of the first volume in the context of discussions of recent European philosophy focusing on the work of Heidegger and Derrida
Philosophy and social hope by Richard Rorty( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most provocative figures in recent philosophical and wider literary and cultural debate, Richard Rorty brings together in this collection a wide range of philosophical, political and cultural writings, many published in book form for the first time. He explains how he began to move away from Plato towards James and Dewey, culminating in his own version of pragmatism. What matters, he suggests, is not whether our ideas correspond to some fundamental reality but whether they help us carry out practical tasks and create a fairer and more democratic society. In an introduction called 'Relativism' and a (previously unpublished) afterword on the unfortunate popularity of the term 'postmodern', Rorty responds to charges that he is a 'postmodern relativist'."--Jacket
Pragmatism : from Peirce to Davidson by John P Murphy( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The future of religion by Richard Rorty( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 for its recognition of the limits of both traditional religious belief and modern secularism."--Jacket
What's the use of truth? by Richard Rorty( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is truth? What value should we see in or attribute to it? The war over the meaning and utility of truth is at the center of contemporary philosophical debate, and its arguments have rocked the foundations of philosophical practice. In this book, the American pragmatist Richard Rorty and the French analytic philosopher Pascal Engel present their radically different perspectives on truth and its correspondence to reality." "Rorty doubts that the notion of truth can be of any practical use and points to the preconceptions that lie behind truth in both the intellectual and social spheres. Engel prefers a realist conception, defending the relevance and value of truth as a norm of belief and inquiry in both science and the public domain. Rorty finds more danger in using the notion of truth than in getting rid of it. Engel thinks it is important to hold on to the idea that truth is an accurate representation of reality." "In Rorty's view, epistemology is an artificial construct meant to restore a function to philosophy usurped by the success of empirical science. Epistemology and ontology are false problems, and with their demise goes the Cartesian dualism of subject and object and the ancient problematic of appearance and reality. Conventional "philosophical problems," Rorty asserts, are just symptoms of the professionalism that has disfigured the discipline since the time of Kant. Engel, however, is by no means as complacent as Rorty in heralding the "end of truth," and he wages a fierce campaign against the "veriphobes" who deny its value."--Jacket
An ethics for today : finding common ground between philosophy and religion by Richard Rorty( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Empiricism and the philosophy of mind by Wilfrid Sellars( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in essay form in 1956, this book presents Sellars' entire philosophical system and his attack on the Myth of the Given, which raised doubts about the very idea of "epistemology". An introduction situates the work within the history of recent philosophy
Philosophy as cultural politics by Richard Rorty( Book )

16 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents a selection of the philosophical papers which Richard Rorty has written over the past decade, and complements three previous volumes of his papers: Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth, Essays on Heidegger and Others, and Truth and Progress. Topics discussed include the changing role of philosophy in Western culture over the course of recent centuries, the role of the imagination in intellectual and moral progress, the notion of 'moral identity', the Wittgensteinian claim that the problems of philosophy are linguistic in nature, the irrelevance of cognitive science to philosophy, and the mistaken idea that philosophers should find the 'place' of such things as consciousness and moral value in a world of physical particles. The papers form a rich and distinctive collection which will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in philosophy and its relation to culture
Exegesis and argument; studies in Greek philosophy presented to Gregory Vlastos( Book )

12 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The philosophy of Richard Rorty( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first volume in the Library of Living Philosophers appeared in 1939, the brainchild of the late Professor Paul A. Schilpp, who perceived that it would help to eliminate confusions and endless sterile disputes over interpretation if great philosophers could be confronted on a range of questions by their capable philosophical peers and asked to reply to each of them. As well as the criticisms and replies, each volume would include a photograph, a handwriting sample, an intellectual autobiography, and a complete bibliography of the great philosopher's works." "The Library of Living Philosophers has exceeded even Schilpp's expectations, enabling the outstanding philosophers of each generation to do more than clarify, by extending and elaborating their thoughts. A volume in the Library of Living Philosophers is not merely a commentary on a philosopher's work: it is a crucial part of that work." "Richard Rorty transformed the discipline of philosophy during the last quarter of the twentieth century, while setting it on a new path for the twenty-first. In epistemology, the philosophy of language, culture, value, and politics, the impact of his thought is impossible to measure. Having achieved early prominence as a theorist and practitioner of analytic philosophy, Rorty directed criticism at the conventional pursuits and methods of philosophy, particularly attacking wide-spread preoccupation with questions of truth, representation, and the foundations of knowledge. He became the center of tremendous controversy, within and beyond the academy. This volume brings together many of Rorty's best critics and supporters for a comprehensive assessment of his achievement and a final defense of the views for which he became so widely known. Richard Rorty died on June 7, 2007. His contributions to this volume, in the form of an intellectual autobiography and replies to critics, are among the very last things he wrote."
The Linguistic turn : essays in philosophical method( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rorty & pragmatism : the philosopher responds to his critics by Richard Rorty( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Rorty is a philosopher who has been taken seriously in fields and disciplines far beyond his own. He challenges established forms of philosophical inquiry, particularly epistemology and metaphysics, jettisoning philosophical claims to unchanging truth and to scientific accuracy. His view that philosophy is pragmatic, interpretive, and historicist has brought him both accolades and criticism. In Rorty and Pragmatism, this highly influential and sometimes controversial philosopher responds to several of his most prominent critics, representing a wide range of backgrounds and concerns. Each of these critical challenges raises significant questions about Rorty's philosophical outlook. Whether or not one agrees with all of his positions, his replies are consequential. They provide insight into Rorty's thought, its development, and his sense of the future of philosophy. They further the discussion of the role of philosophy and of its contributions to society
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Contingency, irony, and solidarity
Alternative Names
MacKay Rorty, Richard 1931-2007

McKay Rorty, Richard 1931-2007

Ričards Rortijs

Richard McKay Rorty

Richard Rorty Amerikaans filosoof

Richard Rorty filosofo statunitense

Richard Rorty philosophe américain

Richard Rorty US-amerikanischer Philosoph

Rorti, Ričard

Rorti Ricard 1931-2007

Rortijs, Ričards 1931-2007

Rorty, R.

Rorty, R. 1931-2007

Rorty, R. M.

Rorty, R. M. 1931-2007

Rorty, R.M. (Richard McKay)

Rorty, R. (Richard)

Rorty, Richard

Rorty, Richard 1931-2007

Rorty, Richard M.

Rorty Richard M. 1931-2007

Rorty, Richard McKay

Rorty, Richard McKay 1931-2007

Ричард Рорти

Ричард Рорти американский философ

Ричард Рортѕ американски филозоф

Рорти Р. 1931-

Рорти, Ричард

Рорти, Ричард 1931-2007

Річард Рорті

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ריצ'רד רורטי

رورتي، ريتشارد

ريتشارد رورتي

ريتشارد رورتي، 1931-2007

ریچارد رورتی نویسنده و فیلسوف آمریکایی

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로르티, 리처드 1931-

로티, 리처드 M. 1931-

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Contingency, irony, and solidarityAchieving our country : leftist thought in twentieth-century AmericaTruth and progressPhilosophy in history : essays on the historiography of philosophyConsequences of pragmatism : essays, 1972-1980Objectivity, relativism, and truthEssays on Heidegger and othersPhilosophy and social hope