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On Philosophy and Philosophers

On Philosophy and Philosophers
Unpublished Papers, 1960–2000

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  • Publication planned for: May 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108726368

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  • On Philosophy and Philosophers is a volume of unpublished philosophical papers by Richard Rorty, a central figure in late-twentieth century intellectual debates and a primary force behind the resurgence of American pragmatism. The first collection of new work to appear since his death in 2007, these previously unseen papers advance novel views on metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophical semantics and the social role of philosophy, critically engaging canonical and contemporary figures from Plato and Kant to Kripke and Brandom. This book's diverse offerings, which include technical essays written for specialists and popular lectures, refine our understanding of Rorty's perspective and demonstrate the ongoing relevance of the iconoclastic American philosopher's ground-breaking thought. An introduction by the editors highlights the papers' original insights and contributions to contemporary debates.

    • Contains unpublished papers by Richard Rorty on topics ranging from ethics to metaphysics
    • Includes an introduction from the editors, outlining the papers' novel approaches to contemporary philosophical debates
    • Of interest both to specialists and generalists, containing both technical essays and popular lectures
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    • Publication planned for: May 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108726368
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Rorty as a Critical Philosopher Wojciech Małecki and Christopher Voparil
    Part I: Early Papers:
    1. Philosophy as Ethics
    2. Philosophy as Spectatorship and Participation
    3. Kant as a Critical Philosopher
    4. The Paradox of Definitism
    5. Reductionism
    6. Phenomenology, Linguistic Analysis, and Cartesianism: Comments on Ricoeur
    7. The Incommunicability of “Felt Qualities”
    8. Kripke on Mind-Body Identity
    Part II. Later Papers:
    9. Philosophy as Epistemology: Reply to Hacking and Kim
    10. Naturalized Epistemology and Norms: Replies to Goldman and Fodor
    11. The Objectivity of Values
    12. What is Dead in Plato
    13. The Current State of Philosophy in the U.S.
    14. Brandom's Conversationalism: Davidson and Making It Explicit
    15. Bald Naturalism and McDowell's Hylomorphism
    16. Reductionist vs. Neo-Wittgensteinian Semantics
    17. Remarks on Nishida and Nishitani

  • Author

    Richard Rorty
    Richard Rorty (1931-2007) was Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at Stanford University


    W. P. Małecki, University of Wrocław, Poland
    Chris Voparil teaches political theory and philosophy at Union Institute & University, Cincinnati.

    Chris Voparil, Union Institute and University, Ohio
    W.P. Małecki is Assistant Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Wrocław, Poland.

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