Richard Rorty Additional Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Balslev, Anindita Niyogi. Cultural Otherness: Correspondence with Richard Rorty. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Collection of letters between the author and Rorty about establishing and maintaining crosscultural discourse on world religions, challenging stereotypes, and creating common ground.

Borradori, Giovanna. “After Philosophy, Democracy: Richard Rorty.” In The American Philosopher: Conversations with Quine, Davidson, Putnam, Nozick, Danto, Rorty, Cavell, MacIntyre, and Kuhn. Translated by Rosanna Crocitto. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. A clear and accessible description of Rorty’s philosophical views.

Brandom, Robert B., ed. Rorty and His Critics. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2000. Addresses Rorty’s philosophies of truth, reality, and objectivity.

Festenstein, Mathew. Pragmatism and Political Theory. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. Rorty’s philosophy is clarified by Festenstein’s excellent explication of and comparisons among Rorty, John Dewey, Hilary Putnam, and Jürgen Habermas. Various strands in Rorty’s thought are neatly disentangled.

Hall, David L. Richard Rorty: Prophet and Poet of the New Pragmatism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994. The best of the secondary literature in terms of placing...

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Richard McKay Rorty was one of the most controversial figures in the world of American philosophy. He is the son of James Hancock Rorty and Winifred Raushenbush Rorty, two disaffected communists who remained ardent socialists. He was fifteen when he entered the University of Chicago, where he found the atmosphere stuffy with Mortimer Adler’s Aristotelian absolutism. He studied a variety of philosophies, including John Dewey’s pragmatism, which became the foundation of Rorty’s radical philosophy. He earned his B.A. and M.A. there and his Ph.D. at Yale University. Rorty’s teaching career included positions at many prestigious universities: Yale, Wellesley, Princeton, the University of Virginia, and Stanford, where he began...

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