Essays on Heidegger and Others Philosophical Papers

ISBN-10: 0521358787

ISBN-13: 9780521358781

Edition: 1991

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Richard Rorty's collected papers, written during the 1980s and now published in two volumes, take up some of the issues which divide Anglo-Saxon analytic philosophers and contemporary French and German philosophers and offer something of a compromise - agreeing with the latter in their criticisms of traditional notions of truth and objectivity, but disagreeing with them over the political implications they draw from dropping traditional philosophical doctrines. The second volume pursues the themes of the first volume in the context of discussions of recent European philosophy focusing on the work of Heidegger and Derrida. His four essays on Heidegger include
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/22/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
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: Pragmatism and post-Nietzschean philosophy
Philosophy as Science, as Metaphor, and as Politics: Heidegger, contingency, and pragmatism; Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the reification of language; Heidegger, Kundera, and Dickens
Deconstruction and Circumvention: Two meanings of 'logocentrism': a reply to Norris Is Derrida a transcendental philosophy?; De Man and the American Cultural Left
Freud and Moral Reflection Habermas and Lyotard on postmodernity, Unger, Castoriadis, and the romance of a national future, Moral identity and private autonomy: the case of Foucault
Index of names
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