Richard Rorty

Richard McKay Rorty (October 4, 1931 – June 8, 2007) was an American philosopher.

Educated at the University of Chicago and Yale University, he had strong interests and training in both the history of philosophy and contemporary analytic philosophy, the latter of which came to comprise the main focus of his work at Princeton University in the 1960s. He subsequently came to reject the tradition of philosophy according to which knowledge involves correct representation (a "mirror of nature") of a world whose existence remains wholly independent of that representation.

Rorty had a long and diverse academic career, including positions as Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, Kenan Professor of Humanities at the University of Virginia, and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Among his most influential books are ''Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature'' (1979), ''Consequences of Pragmatism'' (1982), and ''Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity'' (1989).

Rorty saw the idea of knowledge as a "mirror of nature" as pervasive throughout the history of western philosophy. Against this approach, Rorty advocated for a novel form of American pragmatism (sometimes called neopragmatism) in which scientific and philosophical methods form merely a set of contingent "vocabularies" which people abandon or adopt over time according to social conventions and usefulness. Rorty believed abandoning representationalist accounts of knowledge and language would lead to a state of mind he referred to as "ironism", in which people become completely aware of the contingency of their placement in history and of their philosophical vocabulary. Rorty tied this brand of philosophy to the notion of "social hope"; he believed that without the representationalist accounts, and without metaphors between the mind and the world, human society would behave more peacefully. He also emphasized the reasons why the interpretation of culture as conversation (Bernstein 1971), constitutes the crucial concept of a "postphilosophical" culture determined to abandon representationalist accounts of traditional epistemology, incorporating American pragmatism with Darwinian naturalism. Provided by Wikipedia
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by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007.
Published 2000
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Contingencia, ironía y solidaridad
Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1991
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by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1999
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by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 2000
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Contingencia, ironía y solidaridad
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1991
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by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 2001
Book
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Verdad y progreso escritos filosóficos, 3
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 2000
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Consecuencias del pragmatismo
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1996
Book
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Pragmatismo y política
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1998
Book
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Escritos filosóficos
Biblioteca Mayor
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007.
Published 1993
Book
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Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1991
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by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1997
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Escritos filosóficos
Biblioteca Mayor
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007.
Published 2010
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by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1996
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Filosofía y futuro
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 2002
Book
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by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007.
Published 1991
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La filosofía y el espejo de la naturaleza
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1989
Book
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by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1990
Book
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Essays on Heidegger and others philosophical papers
Filosofía y Humanidades / Psicología
by Rorty, Richard, 1931-2007
Published 1991
Book
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