Achieving Our Country Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America

ISBN-10: 0674003128
ISBN-13: 9780674003125
Edition: 1998
List price: $19.95
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Description: This work book, adapted from Rorty's Massey Lectures of 1997, takes the first step toward redressing the imbalance in American cultural life by rallying those on the Left to the civic engagement and inspiration needed for "achieving our country".

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 170
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

This work book, adapted from Rorty's Massey Lectures of 1997, takes the first step toward redressing the imbalance in American cultural life by rallying those on the Left to the civic engagement and inspiration needed for "achieving our country".

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."

American National Pride: Whitman and Dewey
The Eclipse of the Reformist Left
A Cultural Left
Appendixes
Movements and Campaigns
The Inspirational Value of Great Works of Literature
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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