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Truth and Progress : Philosophical Papers - Richard Rorty

Truth and Progress

Philosophical Papers

Paperback

Published: 17th August 1998
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This eagerly awaited book complements two highly successful previously published volumes of Richard Rorty's philosophical papers: Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth, and Essays on Heidegger and Others. In this new, provocative collection, Rorty continues to defend a pragmatist view of truth and deny that truth is a goal of inquiry. In these dynamic essays, Rorty also engages with the work of many of today's most innovative thinkers including Robert Brandom, Donald Davidson, Daniel Dennett, Jacques Derrida, JUrgen Habermas, John McDowell, Hilary Putnam, John Searle, and Charles Taylor. The collection also touches on problems in contemporary feminism raised by Annette Baier, Marilyn Frye, and Catherine MacKinnon, and considers issues connected with human rights and cultural differences. Challenging, stimulating and controversial, this book will appeal to thoughtful readers around the world. Richard Rorty was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, completed his graduate work at Yale, and taught at Princeton from 1961 until 1982. His first ground-breaking book, an attack on traditional epistemology, was Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979). His previous books with Cambridge have been Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989), a book that sold over 46,000 copies since publication and has been translated into seventeen different languages, and two volumes of philosophical papers: Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth, and Essays on Heidegger and Others. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant, Rorty has lectured throughout the world. Also available Objectivity, Relativism and Truth: Philosophical Papers: Volume 1 0-521-35877-9 Paperback Essays on Heidegger and Others: Philosophical Papers: Volume 2 0-521-35878-7 Paperback

'This volume is Rorty at his best, again and again making us see things from a new, unexpected angle, strenuously engaging with those of us who resist his startling and unsettling 'take' on things. Convinced or not, you come away feeling that this is what philosophy ought to be doing, steadily extending the range of imaginable thoughts.' Charles Taylor 'Truth and Progress, the third volume of Richard Rorty's philosophical papers, can be recommended not only to Rorty's admirers and to those who regard him as a leading enemy of reason but to anyone who wants to get a sense of a significant intellectual phenomenon.' Thomas Nagel, Times Literary Supplement

Introduction
Truth and Some Philosophers
Is truth a goal of inquiry?
Hilary Putnam and the relativist menace
John Searle on realism and relativism
Charles Taylor on truth
Daniel Dennett on intrinsicality
Robert Brandom on social practices and representations
The very idea of human answerability to the world: John McDowell's Version of Empiricism
Anti-sceptical weapons
Moral Progress: Towards more Inclusive Communities
Human rights, rationality, and sentimentality
Rationality and cultural difference
Feminism and pragmatism
The end of Leninism, Havel and social hope
The Role of Philosophy in Human Progress
The historiography of philosophy: four genres
The contingency of philosophical problems: Michael Ayers on Locke
Dewey between Hegel and Darwin
Habermas, Derrida and the functions of philosophy
Derrida and the philosophical tradition
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ISBN: 9780521556866
ISBN-10: 0521556864
Series: Richard Rorty: Philosophical Papers Set 4 Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 17th August 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.54