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Philosophy And Social Hope - Richard Rorty

Philosophy And Social Hope

Paperback Published: 26th August 1999
ISBN: 9780140262889
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Since Plato most philosophy has aimed at true knowledge, penetrating beneath appearances to an underlying reality. Against this tradition, Richard Rorty convincingly argues, pragmatism offers a new philosophy of hope. One of the most controversial figures in recent philosophical and wider literary and cultural debate, Rorty brings together an original collection of his most recent philosophical and cultural writings. He explains in a fascinating memoir how he began to move away from Plato towards William James and Dewey, culminating in his own version of pragmatism. What ultimately matters, Rorty suggests, is not whether our ideas correspond to some fundamental reality but whether they help us carry out practical tasks and create a fairer and more democratic society.

Aimed at a general audience, this volume offers a stimulating summary of Rorty's central philosophical beliefs, as well as some challenging insights into contemporary culture, justice, education, and love.

Introduction: Relativism: Finding and Making
Trotsky and the Wild Orchidsp. 3
Hope in Place of Knowledge: A Version of Pragmatism
Truth without Correspondence to Realityp. 23
A World, without Substances or Essencesp. 47
Ethics Without Principlesp. 72
Some Applications of Pragmatism
The Banality of Pragmatism and the Poetry of Justicep. 93
Pragmatism and Law: A Response to David Lubanp. 104
Education as Socialization and as Individualizationp. 114
The Humanistic Intellectual: Eleven Thesesp. 127
The Pragmatist's Progress: Umberto Eco on Interpretationp. 131
Religious Faith, Intellectual Responsibility and Romancep. 148
Religion As Conversation-stopperp. 168
Thomas Kuhn, Rocks and the Laws of Physicsp. 175
On Heidegger's Nazism
Failed Prophecies, Glorious Hopesp. 201
A Spectre is Haunting the Intellectuals: Derrida on Marxp. 210
Love And Moneyp. 223
Globalization, the Politics of Identity and Social Hopep. 229
Contemporary America
Looking Backwards from the Year 2096p. 243
The Unpatriotic Academyp. 252
Back to Class Politicsp. 255
Afterword Pragmatism, Pluralism and Postmodernismp. 262
Indexp. 278
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ISBN: 9780140262889
ISBN-10: 0140262881
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 26th August 1999
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1

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