On Human Rights

ISBN-10: 046505224X
ISBN-13: 9780465052240
Edition: 1993 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 8/26/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Richard McKay Rorty is the principal American voice of postmodern philosophy. He was born in New York City and educated at the University of Chicago and Yale University. After having taught philosophy at Princeton University for more than 20 years, Rorty became a university professor in humanities at the University of Virginia in 1982. He has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. In 1967 Rorty published The Linguistic Turn, an anthology of twentieth-century philosophy that opens with his 40-page introduction. This work has become a standard introduction to analytic philosophy, and its title names an era. Despite his early hope for the future of analytic philosophy, Rorty came to doubt its foundations. This doubt prodded him to master American pragmatism as well as continental European work in hermeneutics and deconstruction. This work, in turn, led Rorty to question the entire tradition of Western philosophy. These doubts are expressed in his second book, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), which is one of the most widely discussed of all recent American works in philosophy. It announces the death of philosophy as a kind of higher knowledge but recommends its continuance as edification and as a branch of literature. Choice proved prophetic in stating that "this bold and provocative book is bound to rank among the most important of the decade."

Preface To The Oxford Amnesty Lectures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Five Fables About Human Rights
The Law of Peoples
Crimes of War Crimes of Peace
Human Rights Rationality, And Sentimentality
The Other's Rights
The Limits To Natural Law And The Paradox of Evil
Majority Rule And Individual Rights
Introduction
Conclusion
Notes
Contributors
Index

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