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"The difference between people and ideas is... only superficial." -- Richard Rorty
Richard McKay Rorty (October 4, 1931 — June 8, 2007) was an American philosopher. He had a long and diverse academic career, including positions as Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton, Kenan Professor of Humanities at the University of Virginia, and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. His complex intellectual background gave him a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the analytic tradition in philosophy he would later famously reject. The philosophical program he developed included a rejection of a representationalist account of knowledge, a concept he referred to as a "mirror of nature," which he saw as a holdover from Platonism and pervasive throughout the history of philosophy. In response to this tradition, which he saw embodied by analytic philosophy, Rorty developed a novel form of pragmatism in which scientific and philosophical methods are merely contingent "vocabularies" which are abandoned or adopted over time according to social conventions and usefulness. Abandoning the representationalist account of knowledge, Rorty believed, would lead to a state of mind he referred to as "ironism", in which people are completely aware of the contingency of their placement in history and of their vocabulary. For Rorty, this brand of philosophy is always tied to the notion of "social hope," that without the ideas of representation and other concepts standing in the way between the mind and the world, human society would be more free. Much of his work explicates what a "postmetaphysical" culture that has abandoned representationalist epistemology would look like, incorporating a pragmatist naturalism that treats science as a tool towards liberalism. His best known book is Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979).

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Total Books: 80
Philosophy as Poetry
2016 - Philosophy As Poetry [Page-Barbour Lectures] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780813939339
ISBN-10: 081393933X
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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What's the Use of Truth
2016 - What's the Use of Truth (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780231140157
ISBN-10: 0231140150
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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Mind Language and Metaphilosophy Early Philosophical Papers
2014 - Mind Language and Metaphilosophy Early Philosophical Papers (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781107039780
ISBN-10: 1107039789
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An Ethics for Today Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion
The Rorty Reader
2010 - The Rorty Reader [Blackwell Readers] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781405198325
ISBN-10: 140519832X
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature Thirtieth-Anniversary Edition
2008 - Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature Thirtieth-anniversary Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780691141329
ISBN-10: 0691141320
Genres: History, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Un'etica per i laici
2008 - Un'etica Per I Laici (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788833919300
ISBN-10: 8833919307
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Verit e libert Conversazioni con Richard Rorty Il testamento spirituale di uno tra i pi importanti filosofi americani
The Future of Religion
2007 - The Future of Religion (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780231134958
ISBN-10: 0231134959
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction, Christian Books & Bibles
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Richard Rorty Philosophical Papers Set
2007 - Richard Rorty Philosophical Papers Set (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780521701525
ISBN-10: 052170152X
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Philosophy as Cultural Politics Philosophical Papers
2007 - Philosophy As Cultural Politics Philosophical Papers (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780521698351
ISBN-10: 0521698359
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Die Zukunft der Religion
2006 - Die Zukunft Der Religion (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783518584583
ISBN-10: 3518584588
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El futuro de la religion/The Future of Religion
2006 - El Futuro De La Religion/the Future of Religion [Paidos Studio / Paidos Study - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788449318368
ISBN-10: 844931836X
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction
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Take Care of Freedom And Truth Will Take Care of Itself Interviews With Richard Rorty
2005 - Take Care of Freedom and Truth Will Take Care of Itself Interviews with Richard Rorty [Cultural Memory in the Present Hardcover] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780804746175
ISBN-10: 0804746176
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Wozu Wahrheit
2005 - Wozu Wahrheit (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783518292914
ISBN-10: 3518292919
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La Filosofia Y El Espejo De La Naturaleza/Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
2004 - La Filosofia Y El Espejo De La Naturaleza/philosophy and the Mirror of Nature [Teorema Serie Mayor - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788437604329
ISBN-10: 843760432X
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Wahrheit und Fortschritt Moralische Vernunft in der Praxis
2003 - Wahrheit Und Fortschritt Moralische Vernunft in Der Praxis (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783518292204
ISBN-10: 351829220X
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Filosofa y futuro
2002 - Filosofa Y Futuro (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788474328905
ISBN-10: 847432890X
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Against Bosses Against Oligarchies A Conversation with Richard Rorty
2001 - Against Bosses Against Oligarchies a Conversation with Richard Rorty [Prickly Pear Pamphlets,] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781891754104
ISBN-10: 1891754106
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Philosophie der Demokratie Beitrge zum Werk von John Dewey
2000 - Philosophie Der Demokratie Beitrge Zum Werk Von John Dewey (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783518290859
ISBN-10: 3518290851
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On the Other Dialogue And/or Dialectics  Mark Taylor's Paralectics
2000 - On the Other Dialogue and/or Dialectics Mark Taylor's Paralectics [Working Papers] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780819184474
ISBN-10: 0819184470
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1999 - Cultural Otherness Correspondence with Richard Rorty [The American Academy of Religion Cultural Criticism Series, No. 4] (Paperback)Hardcover
1997 - Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind [Orig Pub in Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol 1, ed. Herbert Feigl, 1956] (Hardcover)Paperback
1996 - Objetividad Relativismo Y Verdad [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1986 - Foucault a Critical Reader [Blackwell Critical Reader] (Hardcover)Paperback
1982 - Consequences of Pragmatism [ESSAYS: 1972-1980] (Hardcover)
Barber of Kasbeam Nabokov on Cruelty [Chapbooks in Literature Ser.] (Paperback)