Richard Rorty

Richard Rorty, 1931–2007, American philosopher. b. New York City. After studying at the Univ. of Chicago (B.A. 1949, M.A. 1952) and Yale (Ph.D. 1956), Rorty taught philosophy at Wellesley College (1958–61) and Princeton (1961–82), humanities at the Univ. of Virginia (1982–98), and literature at Stanford Univ. (1998–2005). Although he edited The Linguistic Turn (1967), which is considered an indispensable introduction to analytic philosophy, Rorty soon experienced doubts about philosophy as a privileged investigation of truth and published his well-known and extremely influential work, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), in which he attacked the traditional idea of philosophy as a form of higher knowledge. He subsequently advocated a form of pragmatism that drew on the insights of Darwin, Hegel, and others as well as those of Dewey and was marked by a rejection of what he saw as the scientism- and metaphysics-tainted concerns of modern epistemology. His later works include Contingency, Irony and Solidarity (1988), Objectivity, Relativism and Truth (1991), Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in 20th-Century America (1998), and Philosophy and Social Hope (1999).

See interviews with Rorty ed. by D. Nystrom and K. Puckett (1998) and E. Mendieta (2006); studies by H. J. Saatkamp, Jr., ed. (1995), R. A. Kuipers (1997), M. Melkonian (1999), R. B. Brandom, ed. (2000), A. Malachowski, ed. (1990 and 4 vol., 2002), and C. Guignon and D. R. Hiley, ed. (2003).

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Richard Rorty: Selected full-text books and articles

Richard Rorty By Alan Malachowski Routledge, 2014
Richard Rorty By Charles Guignon; David R. Hiley Cambridge University Press, 2003
Deconstruction and Pragmatism By Simon Critchley; Ernesto Laclau; Richard Rorty; Jacques Derrida; Chantal Mouffe Routledge, 1996
Postmodern Liberal Literature: Richard Rorty's "Liberal Ironists" By Foley, Andrew Journal of Literary Studies, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2008
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How Hermeneutical Is He? a Gadamerian Analysis of Richard Rorty By Barthold, Lauren Swayne Philosophy Today, Vol. 49, No. 3, Fall 2005
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The Dark Side of Liberalism: Elitism vs. Democracy By Robert Hollinger Praeger, 1996
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "Rorty's Pragmatic Liberalism: Between Mill and Weber"
Pragmatism: From Progressivism to Postmodernism By Robert Hollinger; David Depew Praeger, 1995
Librarian's tip: Chap. 2 "William James and Richard Rorty: Context and Conversation", Chap. 11 "Rorty's Pragmatism and the Linguistic Turn" and Chap. 14 "Richard Rorty's Romantic Pragmatism"
The Coming Only Is Sacred: Self-Creation and Social Solidarity in Richard Rorty's Secular Eschatology By Holland, Scott Cross Currents, Vol. 53, No. 4, Winter 2004
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How to Be an Intellectual: The Cases of Richard Rorty and Andrew Ross By Williams, Jeffrey J Dissent, Vol. 58, No. 1, January 1, 2011
Richard Rorty in Retrospect By Wolin, Richard Dissent, Vol. 57, No. 1, January 1, 2010
The American Philosopher: Conversations with Quine, Davidson, Putnam, Nozick, Danto, Rorty, Cavell, MacIntyre, and Kuhn By Giovanna Borradori; Rosanna Crocitto University of Chicago Press, 1994
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