Philosophy and Social Hope

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Penguin Adult, Aug 26, 1999 - Philosophy - 288 pages
21 Reviews
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  - Chethan - Goodreads

My first Rorty book, had been wanting to read him for years. An excellent introduction with digestible essays. The first few essays on pragmatism and truth, pragmatism and reality were most ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brady Dale - Goodreads

This book only took me 3.5 years to finish. No bigs. In fairness, I got through the first three sections fairly quickly but then lost steam at the end. Read parts I, II & III twice (I need to go read ... Read full review

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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