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Richard Rorty (1931–2007)

Author of Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature

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About the Author

Richard Rorty is professor of comparative literature and philosophy at Stanford University.
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Works by Richard Rorty

Philosophy and Social Hope (1999) 567 copies
The Linguistic Turn: Essays in Philosophical Method (1967) — Editor — 197 copies
Truth and Progress (1998) 149 copies
The Future of Religion (2005) 112 copies
What's the Use of Truth? (2005) 88 copies
The Rorty Reader (1676) 40 copies
Filosofía y futuro (2000) 13 copies
Un'etica per i laici (2008) 12 copies
Pragmatismo E Politica (1998) 5 copies
Philosophical papers (1991) 4 copies
Scritti sull'educazione (1996) 2 copies
Filozofické orchidey (2006) 2 copies

Associated Works

Pale Fire (2011) — Introduction, some editions — 7,742 copies
Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind (1997) — Introduction — 181 copies
Mapping Ideology (1994) — Contributor — 173 copies
After Philosophy: End or Transformation? (1986) — Contributor — 119 copies
Rorty and His Critics (2000) 107 copies
Habermas and Modernity (1985) — Contributor — 78 copies
Materialism and the mind-body problem (1971) — Contributor — 70 copies
Crowds (2006) — Contributor — 21 copies
Knowledge and Civilization (2003) — Foreword — 15 copies
The New Salmagundi Reader (1996) — Contributor — 3 copies
Sarunas ar filozofiem (2018) — Author — 1 copy


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A refreshingly clear--and at many times humorous--philosophical statement! I like his framing of philosophy, and all intellectual inquiry actually, as acts of imagination, since any effort to try to understand the world implies thinking of something new, or at least possibly new. I also appreciate the call to stop obsessing about what is "Real" and to focus on what "is" and how to increase our understanding of what "is" and our collective well being.

Rorty hinges pretty much everything on language, and while I agree that language is an important/defining part of being human, I disagree that there is no complex communication without language. I'm guessing he never had children or spent time with young infants, or ever had a close relationship with a pet. To my mind, the extent of our ability to community without language only serves to underscore his point about the ultimate impact of language.… (more)
lschiff | 1 other review | Sep 24, 2023 |
I have to admit I don't recall any details about this book. I didn't have the background to understand it.
mykl-s | 8 other reviews | Aug 13, 2023 |
From this fragment, this article, I learned much about Derrida, while also understanding much about Richard Rorty's pragmatism. Rorty agrees with Derrida on many things, especially about the basis of philosophy and thinking in general.
Rorty says there are two ways to look at "various things":
1. There are natural laws that are unchanging and essential, which form the basis for understanding the world.
2. Groups of people form models and theories, which may be useful in certain circumstances, but which will be supplanted by other models that explain things better, and which will reflect new circumstances.
Rorty and Derrida both use way number two.
… (more)
mykl-s | Jun 14, 2023 |



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