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Rorty Gideon Calder

Rorty

Gideon Calder

Published 2011
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Paperback
72 pages
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Iconoclastic and provocative, seductive and unsettling, Richard Rorty’s work is amongst the most widely-read and influential contributions to recent Western thinking. It is also deeply controversial. To many, rather than seeking to shed light onMoreIconoclastic and provocative, seductive and unsettling, Richard Rorty’s work is amongst the most widely-read and influential contributions to recent Western thinking. It is also deeply controversial. To many, rather than seeking to shed light on philosophy, Rorty comes to bury it. Yet as Gideon Calder shows in this accessible overview, Rorty is one of the most astute philosophical commentators of our age. Often referred to as ‘postmodernism for English-speakers’, his thought represents a robust and multi-faceted defence of the pragmatist claim that ideas are best judged by their contribution to concrete social progress, rather than by their approximation to a language-independent ‘reality’ or ‘truth’. In conveying the overall flavour of Rory’s thinking, Calder seeks to show us why – whether persuaded or not – we should indeed be provoked and set to work by its key conclusions.