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A Pragmatists Progress?: Richard Rorty and American Intellectual History John Pettegrew

A Pragmatists Progress?: Richard Rorty and American Intellectual History

John Pettegrew

Published June 28th 2000
ISBN : 9780847690626
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232 pages
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In this volume, a host of distinguished scholars examine Richard Rortys influence on twentieth-century American pragmatism and its commitment to achieving social democracy. Rortys reclaiming of the pragmatist tradition and his contribution to theMoreIn this volume, a host of distinguished scholars examine Richard Rortys influence on twentieth-century American pragmatism and its commitment to achieving social democracy. Rortys reclaiming of the pragmatist tradition and his contribution to the discipline of intellectual history are highlighted- at the same time, each essay finds Rortys pragmatism (most fully enunciated in Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity) lacking in its privatist vision of the good life. This criticism is drawn out through explicit comparisons between Rorty and his grandfather Walter Rauschenbusch, William James, John Dewey, Randolph Bourne, Richard J. Bernstein, and other twentieth century pragmatist thinkers. This volume offers the most complete historical treatment of this controversial intellectual to date.