Philosophy and Social Hope

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Penguin Adult, Aug 26, 1999 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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Since Plato most philosophy has aimed at true knowledge, penetrating beneath appearances to an underlying reality. Against this tradition, Richard Rorty convincingly argues, pragmatism offers a new philosophy of hope. One of the most controversial figures in recent philosophical and wider literary and cultural debate, Rorty brings together an original collection of his most recent philosophical and cultural writings. He explains in a fascinating memoir how he began to move away from Plato towards William James and Dewey, culminating in his own version of pragmatism. What ultimately matters, Rorty suggests, is not whether our ideas correspond to some fundamental reality but whether they help us carry out practical tasks and create a fairer and more democratic society.

Aimed at a general audience, this volume offers a stimulating summary of Rorty's central philosophical beliefs, as well as some challenging insights into contemporary culture, justice, education, and love.

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User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

I can't go all the way with him philosophically, but Rorty is an extremely engaging and provocative writer. This collection of essays provides an excellent, largely non-technical introduction to his thought. Read full review

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

This book is a collection of quite general essays. Most of them are incredibly readable. Rorty is a good writer, even if he name drops a bit too much sometimes. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Richard Rorty is a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University and the author of many books of philosophy, including Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature; Contingency, Irony & Solidarity; and Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in 20th-Century America.

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