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Richard Rorty : Education, Philosophy, and Politics - Michael A. Peters

Richard Rorty

Education, Philosophy, and Politics

Paperback Published: 28th January 2002
ISBN: 9780742509061
Number Of Pages: 224

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Richard Rorty's neopragmatist philosophy marks him as one of the most gifted and controversial thinkers of his time. Antifoundationalism and antirepresentationalism are the guiding motifs in his thought. He wants to jettison a set of philosophical distinctions--appearance/reality, mind/body, morality/prudence--that have dominated and shaped the history of Western philosophy since the time of Plato. It is a position that has propelled him into a series of heated debates with philosophers who are the most influential of their generation--analytic philosophers such as Quine, Davidson, Rawls, and Putnam; as well as Continental philosophers, including Habermas, Derrida, Foucault, and Lyotard. At the same time, Rorty's work has helped to break down the artificial separation between these two wings of Western philosophy by acting as an intellectual bridge between them. This distinctive collection by scholars from around the world focuses upon the cultural, educational, and political significance of his thought. The nine essays which comprise the collection examine a variety of related themes: Rorty's neopragmatism, his view of philosophy, his philosophy of education and culture, Rorty's comparison between Dewey and Foucault, his relation to postmodern theory, and, also his form of political liberalism.

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Richard Rorty is an edifying, analytical, informative and interesting book, a task the editors set for themselves and delivered.--Philosophy in Review

Introduction: Rorty's Neopragmatism: Nietzsche, Culture, and Educationp. 1
Rorty and the Instruments of Philosophyp. 15
Rorty, Metaphysics, and the Education of Human Potentialp. 47
Truth, Trust, and Metaphor: Rorty's Davidsonian Philosophy of Educationp. 67
On What We May Hope: Rorty on Dewey and Foucaultp. 79
Richard Rorty and Postmodern Theoryp. 101
The Political Liberalism of Richard Rortyp. 111
Richard Rorty's Self-Help Liberalism: A Marxist Critique of America's Most Wanted Ironistp. 139
Richard Rorty and the End of Philosophy of Educationp. 163
Achieving America: Postmodernism and Rorty's Critique of the Cultural Leftp. 179
Indexp. 197
About the Contributorsp. 207
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ISBN: 9780742509061
ISBN-10: 0742509060
Series: Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 28th January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.04  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.39