Richard Rorty by Ronald A. KuipersRichard Rorty by Ronald A. Kuipers

Richard Rorty

byRonald A. Kuipers

Paperback | March 14, 2013

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Richard Rorty is one of the most oft-cited yet least understood philosophers of the twentieth century. This book offers an overview and introduction to Rorty's ideas, key writings and contributions to the various fields of philosophy. Chronologically organized, the book traces the development of Rorty's thought and examines all the key topics, and controversies, central to his work. Ronald A. Kuipers introduces Rorty's complex thought through the exploration of three Rortyan personas: The Philosophical Therapist, The Liberal Ironist, and the Anticlerical Prophet. This exploration of Rorty's multivalent yet deeply coherent intellectual identity is set against the background of Rorty's personal motivations for studying philosophy, and for pursuing the controversial questions he did. The book portrays how, in conversation with the traditions of American Pragmatism, Analytic Philosophy, and Continental Thought, Rorty weaves his own unique and original philosophy. Rorty's originality resides in his fresh approach to interrelated social and political problems, revealing a thinker who has important reasons for wading into controversial intellectual waters. This is the ideal companion to study of this hugely influential thinker.
Ronald A. Kuipers is Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at The Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Canada. He is Director of the ICS Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics.
Title:Richard RortyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.48 × 0.65 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.48 × 0.65 inPublished:March 14, 2013Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1441182381

ISBN - 13:9781441182388


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments \ Introduction \ 1. Philosophy as Existential Quest: Rorty's Life in Thought \ 2. The Philosophical Therapist: Rorty's Critique of 'Philosophy-as-Epistemology' \ 3. The Liberal Ironist: Rorty's Cultural Politics \ 4. The Anticlerical Prophet: Rorty and Religion \ 5. What is Truth For? The Conversation Continues \ Conclusion: Pragmatism as the Apotheosis of the Future: Rorty, Hope, and the American Sublime \ Notes \ Bibliography \ Index

Editorial Reviews

Ronald Kuipers has written a well-informed, interesting, and clear overview of Richard Rorty's contributions to American thought. I find it especially instructive on Rorty's thinking about religion and politics.