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Richard Rorty

An Annotated Bibliography of Secondary Literature

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Richard Rumana

Demonstrating Richard Rorty’s breadth of scholarship and his influence on diverse issues across the social sciences and humanities, this comprehensive bibliography contains 1,165 citations. A unique reference work on neo-pragmatism, this bibliography is essential for anyone researching Rorty’s work and its impact on philosophy, literature, the arts, religion, the social sciences, politics, and education.

David Rondel

Achieving Our Country is usually regarded as one of Richard Rorty’s more minor works, but lately the book has been given new legs. 1 Thanks to a widely circulated passage from Achieving Our Country , discussed in the New York Times , the Guardian, The New Yorker and elsewhere

YAO Dazhi

Richard Rorty’s philosophy has two basic commitments: one to postmodernism and the other to liberalism. However, these commitments generate tension. As a postmodernist, he sharply criticizes the Enlightenment; as a liberal, he forcefully defends it. His postmodernist liberalism actually explains liberalism using irrationalism.

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Rosa Maria Calcaterra

Richard Rorty’s “neo-pragmatism” launched a powerful challenge to entrenched philosophical certainties of modernity, articulating a powerful picture of normativity as a distinctive activity of human beings. This “contingentism,” with its emphasis on indeterminacy, ambiguity, uncertainty, and chance, depicts normativity as a practical human possibility rather than a metaphysical bottleneck which we must overcome at the cost of repudiating the concrete ways we grant epistemic and ethical meaning to our activities. The book is a critical survey of Rorty’s philosophy, in light of contemporary theoretical debates around language, truth, justification, and naturalism, as well as his own resourceful attempts to renew philosophy from within by using the conceptual tools and argumentative techniques of both analytic philosophy and pragmatism.

Terrence Reynolds

required to state their claims in a form that is accessible to all reasonable people. Richard Rorty and Nicholas Wolterstorff provide considerably different responses to this set of questions. As I will examine in greater depth, Rorty wishes to restrict the public square to those who are willing to engage

Loren Goldman

Bertrand Russell, one could be forgiven for thinking that an American philosophy of history would be little more than a celebration of the nation’s vaunted exceptionalism. For many, the work of Richard Rorty typifies this supposedly American disregard for philosophical rigor. 1 Rorty’s characteristic

John P. Anderson

,” “cultural politics,” or “identity politics” – but I refer to it more generally as the open competition model. Richard Rorty saw things differently. For Rorty, the post-secular world signals liberalism’s coming of age. It puts liberal democracies in a position to “throw away some of the ladders used in

Brandon Hogan

I read Rorty’s Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity as an attempt to reconcile two, seemingly conflicting, sources of authority and obligation. Some believe that persons are obligated by reason or God to promote just institutions. While others locate authority and obligation solely in the self. Rorty tells us that we need not choose between these sources of normativity, but can see each as applicable to two, non-conflicting parts of our lives. I contend that Rorty’s solution rests on a misunderstanding of the upshots of contingency and of the conditions of personhood. I argue that Hegel provides a more compelling resolution of the tension between public obligation and private autonomy.

Raff Donelson

Too little attention is paid to Richard Rorty’s metaethical views, besides the passing (and unclear) claim that he was some type of moral relativist. This inattention probably stems from the fact that Rorty’s metaethical musings are scattered across his oeuvre; there is no go-to place for reading

David Rondel

… “[T]he extent of your cooperation in social projects is a proper object of public concern, but your private projects are your own business, as long as they can be carried out within the framework of just laws and institutions.” — Richard Rorty , “Intellectual Autobiography” (2010b