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Richard Rorty

Four Volume Set
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© 2002 | 1 420 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This is the first systematic assessment of the work of Richard Rorty - one of the most provocative and influential thinkers writing today. It will be an essential reference for academics and students in philosophy, social theory, sociology, cultural studies and literary theory.

Rorty's fertile writings have challenged not just the assumptions behind the relatively narrow analytic tradition he was first trained in, but those concerning the very nature of social thought itself. The critical articles collected in these four volumes follow the trajectory of Rorty's whole career, from his early work in analytic philosophy to his later writings on pragmatism, continental philosophy, literature, culture, and liberal politics.

The collection is divided into four volumes:

- Philosophy: this volume looks at how Rorty's contribution to the analytic tradition was assessed by his peers at the time and then examines how his later, more explicitly post-analytic, writings relate to traditional philosophical topics such as `truth' and `realism'.

- Post-Analytic Pragmatism: Volume Two examines Rorty's `post-analytic pragmatism'. It begins by considering how Rorty prepared for a shift into this territory, and then looks more closely at the kind of pragmatism he sought to establish; the volume contains discussions of the kind of pragmatism that emerges from both Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979) and Consequences of Pragmatism (1982).

- Politics, Irony and Solidarity provides an assessment of Rorty's account of irony and examines its relationship to his liberal politics.

- Culture, Interpretation and Conversations: this final volume examines Rorty's views on philosophy as a form of cultural conversation and discusses his interpretations or `appropriations' of other philosophers. Of special interest here are his readings of continental philosophers such as Hegel, Heidegger and Derrida, where it is acknowledged that one Rorty's most important contributions to social thought has been to make the work of such philosophers more accessible to readers unfamiliar with, or even hostile to, the continental tradition. Volume 4 concludes with a definitive bibliography, which will be an invaluable resource for researchers and students.

Edited by Alan Malachowski - a leading commentator on Rorty's work - this collection will be the standard reference work on one of the canonical theorists of the late 20th century.

 
VOLUME ONE: PHILOSOPHY
Alan R Malachowski
Introduction
 
PART ONE: IN THE ANALYTIC FOLD
Richard Bernstein
The Challenge of Scientific Materialism
James Cornman
On the Elimination of `Sensations'
W Lycan and G Pappas
What is Eliminative Materialism?
William Alston
Varieties of Privileged Access
Eric Bush
Rorty Revisited
David R Hiley
Is `Eliminative Materialism' Materialism?
Arnold B Levinson
Rorty, Materialism and Privileged Access
Charles Taylor
Mind-Body Identity, a Side Issue?
John Furlong
Scientific Psychology as Hermeneutics? Rorty's Philosophy of Mind
Anthony L Brueckner
Transcendental Arguments I
 
PART TWO: LATER RESPONSES
Daniel C Dennett
The Case for Rorty
E J Bond
Richard Rorty and the Epistemology of Truth
C G Prado
Bond on Rorty on Truth
Uwe Steinhoff
Truth vs. Rorty
Donald Davidson
Truth Rehabilitated
Hilary Putnam
The Question of Realism
Paul D Forster
What is at Stake Between Putnam and Rorty?
Gerald Vision
Veritable Reflections
Dorthea Frede
Beyond Realism And Anti-Realism
Rorty On Heidegger And Davidson  
 
VOLUME TWO: POST-ANALYTIC PRAGMATISM
 
PART ONE: REFLECTIONS ON RORTY'S MIRROR TEXT
Michael Devitt
Rorty's Mirrorless World
Robert Schwartz
Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
Nino Langiulli
Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
Victoria Choy
Mind-Body, Realism and Rorty's Therapy
Philip Pettit
Philosophy After Rorty
Kenneth T Gallagher
Rorty's Antipodeans
An Impossible Illustration?  
Mary Hesse
Epistemology Without Foundations
Alan R Malachowski
Deep Epistemology Without Foundations (In Language)
Rebecca Comay
Interrupting the Conversation
Notes on Rorty  
Frank G Verges
Rorty and the New Hermeneutics
 
PART TWO: PRAGMATISM REVIEWED
Milton Fisk
The World Regained
Crawford L Elder
Pragmatism and the World
R W Sleeper
Rorty's Pragmatism
Afloat in Neurath's Boat, But Why Adrift?  
Abraham Edel
A Missing Dimension in Rorty's Use of Pragmatism
James Gouinlock
What is the Legacy of Instrumentalism?
Rorty's Interpretation of Dewey  
Daniel W Conway
Of Depth and Loss
The Peritropaic Legacy of Dewey's Pragmatism  
Lynn A Baker
Just Do It
Pragmatism and Progressive Social Change  
C G Prado
Objectivity, Science and Relativism
Kai Nielsen
An Un-Rortyan Defence of Rorty's Pragmatism
Danielle Macbeth
Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Language
James T Kloppenberg
Pragmatism
An Old Name for Some New Ways of Thinking?  
Robert Kraut
Varieties of Pragmatism
 
VOLUME THREE: POLITICS, IRONY AND SOLIDARITY
 
PART ONE: LIBERALISM AS POLITICS
Richard Bernstein
Rorty's Liberal Utopia
Keith Topper
Richard Rorty, Liberalism and the Politics of Redescription
Ruth Anna Putnam
Democracy Without Foundations
John Kekes
Cruelty and Liberalism
Eric M Gander
Liberalism and Cruelty
Marker Melkonian
Rorty on Liberty and Democracy
Alan R Malachowski
Post-colonial Liberalism
Chantal Mouffe
Deconstruction Pragmatism and the Politics of Democracy
Jonathan Ree
Strenuous Unbelief
Matthew Festenstein
Pragmatism, Social Democracy and Political Arguments
 
PART TWO: IRONY AND SOLIDARITY
Timothy Cleveland
The Irony of Contingency and Solidarity
Thomas McCarthy
Private Irony and Public Decency
Richard Rorty's New Pragmatism  
Richard King
Self-realization and Solidarity
Rorty and the Judging Self  
Norman Geras
That Most Complex Being
Nancy Fraser
Solidarity or Singularity?
Richard Rorty Between Romanticism and Technocracy  
Larry A Hickman
Liberal Irony and Social Reform
Steven E Cole
Evading the Subject?
The Poverty of Contingency Theory  
Daniel Conway
Irony, State, and Utopia
Terence Ball et al
Review Symposium
Richard Rorty  
 
VOLUME FOUR: CULTURE, INTERPRETATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS
 
PART ONE: CULTURE
Christopher Norris
Philosophy as a Kind of Narrative
Rorty on Post-Modern Liberal Culture  
Frank Lentricchia
Rorty's Cultural Conversation
R Eldridge
Philosophy and the Achievement of Community
Rorty, Cavell and Criticism  
Harvey Siegel
Multiculturalism and the Possibility of Transcultural Educational and Philosophical Ideals
 
PART TWO: INTERPRETATIONS
N Rotenstreich
Rorty's Interpretation of Hegel
J D Caputo
The Thought of Being and the Conversation of Mankind
The Case of Heidegger and Rorty  
Charles B Guignon
On Saving Heidegger from Rorty
H Veatch
Deconstruction in Philosophy
Has Rorty Made it the Denouement of Contemporary Analytical Philosophy?  
Simon Critchley
Deconstruction and Pragmatism
J D Caputo
On Not Circumventing the Quasi-Transcendental
The Case of Rorty and Derrida  
Richard Bernstein
What is the Difference that Makes a Difference?
Gadamer, Habermas and Rorty  
Georgia Warnke
Hermeneutics and the Social Sciences
A Gadamerian Critique of Rorty  
John McDowell
Davidson in Context
Alice Crary
Saving Wittgenstein from Conservatism (Richard Rorty)
 
PART THREE: FURTHER CONVERSATIONS
William Connolly
Mirror of America
Susan Haack
Confessions of an Old-Fashioned Prig
Peter Dews
The Historicization of Analytical Philosophy
Simon Blackburn
Postmodernist Relativism
Michel Rosenfield
Pragmatism, Pluralism and Legal Interpretation
Posner's and Rorty's Justice Without Metaphysics Meets Hate Speech  
Richard McCleary
Philosophical Prose and Practice
Sabina Lovibond
Feminism and Pragmatism
A Reply to Rorty  

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