A Pragmatist's Progress?: Richard Rorty and American Intellectual History by John PettegrewA Pragmatist's Progress?: Richard Rorty and American Intellectual History by John Pettegrew

A Pragmatist's Progress?: Richard Rorty and American Intellectual History

EditorJohn PettegrewContribution byCasey Nelson Blake, James T. Kloppenberg

Paperback | June 28, 2000

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In this volume, a host of distinguished scholars examine Richard Rorty's influence on twentieth-century American pragmatism and its commitment to achieving social democracy. Rorty's reclaiming of the pragmatist tradition and his contribution to the discipline of intellectual history are highlighted; at the same time, each essay finds Rorty's pragmatism (most fully enunciated in Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity) lacking in its privatist vision of the good life. This criticism is drawn out through explicit comparisons between Rorty and his grandfather Walter Rauschenbusch, William James, John Dewey, Randolph Bourne, Richard J. Bernstein, and other twentieth century pragmatist thinkers. This volume offers the most complete historical treatment of this controversial intellectual to date.
John Pettegrew is assistant professor of history at Lehigh University. He is currently completing a book entitled Brutes in Suits: The Pathological Origins of American Masculinity, 1890-1920.
Title:A Pragmatist's Progress?: Richard Rorty and American Intellectual HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.94 × 5.86 × 0.51 inPublished:June 28, 2000Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0847690628

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Pragmatism: An Old Name for Some New Ways of Thinking? Chapter 3 Rorty, Radicalism, and Romanticism: The Politics of Gaze Chapter 4 Private Life and Public Commitment: From Walter Rauschenbusch to Richard Rorty Chapter 5 Lives of Irony: Randolph Bourne, Richard Rorty, and a New Genealogy of Critical Pragmatism Chapter 6 Is It Pragmatism? Rorty and the American Tradition Chapter 7 Is the Revival of Pragmatism Practical? Chapter 8 Narrative Politics: Richard Rorty at the "End of Reform" Chapter 9 Afterword: Intellectual Historians and Pragmatist Philosophy

From Our Editors

A highly talented group of contributors discusses Richard Rorty’s influence on 20th-century American pragmatism in A Pragmatist’s Progress? Richard Rorty and American Intellectual History. John Pettegrew understands American pragmatism’s commitment to achieving a social democracy. The list of prominent contributors includes Casey Nelson Blake, James T. Kloppenberg, Jeffrey, James Livingston, Joan Williams and Barry Allen. Readers will delight at the challenging afterword provided by Richard Rorty himself. 

Editorial Reviews

Discerning essays that clarify Rorty's place in American intellectual history and explain Rorty's special appeal to theoretically-engaged historians.