Philosophy And Social Hope

Paperback | January 1, 2000

byRichard Rorty

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Richard Rorty is one of the most provocative figures in recent philosophical, literary and cultural debate. This collection brings together those of his writings aimed at a wider audience, many published in book form for the first time. In these eloquent essays, articles and lectures, Rorty gives a stimulating summary of his central philosophical beliefs and how they relate to his political hopes; he also offers some challenging insights into contemporary America, justice, education and love.

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This collection of writings brings readers closer to a prominent social thinker of our time. Philosophy and Social Hope explains how Richard Rorty started to move away from Plato’s theories to explore the ideas of William James and Dewey. He asserts that our own thoughts and beliefs shouldn’t be based on fundamental realities, but rath...

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Richard Rorty is one of the most provocative figures in recent philosophical, literary and cultural debate. This collection brings together those of his writings aimed at a wider audience, many published in book form for the first time. In these eloquent essays, articles and lectures, Rorty gives a stimulating summary of his central ph...

Richard Rorty is Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of PHILSOPHY AND THE MIRROR OF NATURE, CONTINGENCY, IRONY AND SOLIDARITY, and ACHIEVING OUR COUNTRY.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.73 × 5.06 × 0.73 inPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140262881

ISBN - 13:9780140262889

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: Relativism: Finding and Making
I. Autobiographical
1. Trotsy and the Wild Orchids
II. Hope in Place of Knowledge: A Version of Pragmatism
2. Truth without Correspondence to Reality
3. A World without Substances or Essences
4. Ethics without Principles
III. Some Applications of Pragmatism
5. The Banality of Pragmatism and the Poetry of Justice
6. Pragmatism and Law: A Response to David Luban
7. Education as Socialization and as Individuation
8. The Humanistic Intellectual: Eleven Theses
9. The Pragmatist's Progress: Umberto Eco on Interpretation
10. Religious Fatih, Intellectual Responsibility and Romance
11. Religion as Conversation-stopper
12. Thomas Kuhn, Rocks, and the Laws of Physics
13. On Heidegger's Nazism
IV. Politics
14. Failed Prophecies, Glorious Hopes
15. A Spectre is Haunting the Intellectuals: Derrida on Marx
16. Love and Money
17. Globalization, the Politics of Identity and Social Hope
V. Contemporary America
18. Looking Backwards from the Year 2096
19. The Unpatriotic Academy
20. Back to Class Politics

Afterword: Pragmatism, Pluralism and Postmodernism
Index

From Our Editors

This collection of writings brings readers closer to a prominent social thinker of our time. Philosophy and Social Hope explains how Richard Rorty started to move away from Plato’s theories to explore the ideas of William James and Dewey. He asserts that our own thoughts and beliefs shouldn’t be based on fundamental realities, but rather on their ability to make us more compassionate, just and fair.