Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature

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Princeton University Press, 2009 - Philosophy - 439 pages
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When it first appeared in 1979, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature hit the philosophical world like a bombshell. In it, Richard Rorty argued that, beginning in the seventeenth century, philosophers developed an unhealthy obsession with the notion of representation: comparing the mind to a mirror that reflects reality. Rorty's book is a powerful critique of this imagery and the tradition of thought that it spawned.

Thirty years later, the book remains a must-read and stands as a classic of twentieth-century philosophy. Its influence on the academy, both within philosophy and across a wide array of disciplines, continues unabated. This edition includes new essays by philosopher Michael Williams and literary scholar David Bromwich, as well as Rorty's previously unpublished essay "The Philosopher as Expert."

  

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User Review  - Sam L - Goodreads

This was excellent. A bit of a tour through 20th Century (mostly analytic) philosophy with special attention to Sellars, Quine, Davidson, and Kuhn, and the way their arguments (particularly in ... Read full review

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User Review  - James Klagge - Goodreads

I have just finished reading this for the second time, having used it now twice as a book in my Metaphysics seminar (the first time was 17 years ago). I don't really like the book or its viewpoint ... Read full review

Contents

The Invention of the Mind
17
2 THE FUNCTIONAL THE PHENOMENAL AND THE IMMATERIAL
22
3 THE DIVERSITY OF MINDBODY PROBLEMS
32
4 MIND AS THE GRASP OF UNIVERSALS
38
5 ABILITY TO EXIST SEPARATELY FROM THE BODY
45
6 DUALISM AND MINDSTUFF
61
Persons Without Minds
70
2 PHENOMENAL PROPERTIES
78
2 THE UNNATURALNESS OF EPISTEMOLOGY
221
3 PSYCHOLOGICAL STATES AS GENUINE EXPLANATIONS
230
4 PSYCHOLOGICAL STATES AS REPRESENTATIONS
244
Epistemology and Philosophy of Language
257
2 WHAT WERE OUR ANCESTORS TALKING ABOUT?
266
3 IDEALISM
273
4 REFERENCE
284
5 TRUTH WITHOUT MIRRORS
295

3 INCORRIGIBILITY AND RAW FEELS
88
4 BEHAVIORISM
98
5 SKEPTICISM ABOUT OTHER MINDS
107
6 MATERIALISM WITHOUT MINDBODY IDENTITY
114
7 EPISTEMOLOGY AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
125
Mirroring
129
The Idea of a Theory of Knowledge
131
2 LOCKES CONFUSION OF EXPLANATION WITH JUSTIFICATION
139
3 KANTS CONFUSION OF PREDICATION WITH SYNTHESIS
148
4 KNOWLEDGE AS NEEDING FOUNDATIONS
155
Privileged Representations
165
2 EPISTEMOLOGICAL BEHAVIORISM
173
3 PRELINGUISTIC AWARENESS
182
4 THE IDEA IDEA
192
5 EPISTEMOLOGICAL BEHAVIORISM PSYCHOLOGICAL BEHAVIORISM AND LANGUAGE
209
Epistemology and Empirical Psychology
213
6 TRUTH GOODNESS AND RELATIVISM
306
Philosophy
313
From Epistemology to Hermeneutics
315
2 KUHN AND INCOMMENSURABILITY
322
3 OBJECTIVITY AS CORRESPONDENCE AND AS AGREEMENT
333
4 SPIRIT AND NATURE
343
Philosophy Without Mirrors
357
2 SYSTEMATIC PHILOSOPHY AND EDIFYING PHILOSOPHY
365
3 EDIFICATION RELATIVISM AND OBJECTIVE TRUTH
373
4 EDIFICATION AND NATURALISM
379
5 PHILOSOPHY IN THE CONVERSATION OF MANKIND
389
The Philosopher as Expert
395
Remembering Richard Rorty
423
Index
433
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About the author (2009)

Richard Rorty (1931-2007) was a prolific philosopher and public intellectual who, throughout his illustrious career, taught at Princeton, the University of Virginia, and, until his death, Stanford University.

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