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Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth Philosophical Papers

ISBN-10: 0521358779
ISBN-13: 9780521358774
Edition: 1991
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
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."

Acknowledgments
Introduction: antirepresentationalism, ethnocentrism, and liberalism
Solidarity or Objectivity?
Science as solidarity
Is natural science a natural kind?
Pragmatism without method
Texts and lumps
Inquiry as recontextualization: an anti-dualist account of interpretation
Non-Reductive Physicalism
Pragmatism, Davidson and truth
Representation, social practice, and truth
Unfamiliar noises: Hesse and Davidson on metaphor
The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy
Postmodernist bourgeois liberalism
On ethnocentrism: a reply to Clifford Geertz
Cosmopolitanism without emancipation: a response to Jean-Francois Lyotard

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