After Philosophy, Democracy Richard Rorty
In the panorama of contemporary American philosophy, Richard Rorty represents an exception. Perhaps not since his ideal teacher, John Dewey, has the United States produced such an intellectual phenomenon: a well-rounded thinker in the European style, versatile, optimistic, and engaged in public debate, rather than an American-style professional philosopher.
Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature ( 1979) gained Rorty international renown as the founder of "neo-pragmatism." Since then, he has ceaselessly amazed the philosophical community by betraying the model of its "professional" training. In 1983, after teaching for fifteen years in the philosophical citadel of Princeton, Rorty decided to move to an interdisciplinary department of the University of Virginia, seemingly picking up again the radical thread of his origins in New York, where he was born in 1931 to two old-guard socialist writers. Furthermore, he assumes an extremely discursive style of thought and writing, a grand conceptual gesture that, faithful to the American and democratic tradition of pragmatism and liberalism, cannot but oppose itself to the rigor of the analytic genre, which is more inclined to the work of minute argumentation than to the construction of vast speculative syntheses.
The point of departure of Rorty's neo-pragmatist discourse is precisely a critique of analytic philosophy. However, he directs his criticism mainly at its first phase, the most orthodox one, born following the immigration of Viennese logical positivism to the United States. In fact, a second phase of analyticism, embracing