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Philosophy in History

Essays in the Historiography of Philosophy

Philosophy in History( )
Editor: Rorty, Richard McKay
Schneewind, Jerome B.
Skinner, Quentin
Contribution by: Skinner, Quentin
Daston, Lorraine
Ross, Dorothy
Tully, James
Series title:Ideas in Context Ser.
ISBN:978-0-521-27330-5
Publication Date:Nov 1984
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $34.99
Book Description:

A volume of essays on the current debate about the relationship between philosophy and its history.

Book Details
Pages:416
Detailed Subjects: Philosophy / History & Surveys / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.928 x 8.931 x 0.936 Inches
Book Weight:1.342 Pounds
Author Biography
(Editor)
Richard McKay Rorty is the principal American voice of postmodern philosophy. He was born in New York City and educated at the University of Chicago and Yale University. After having taught philosophy at Princeton University for more than 20 years, Rorty became a university professor in humanities at the University of Virginia in 1982. He has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. In 1967 Rorty published The Linguistic Turn, an anthology of twentieth-century philosophy that opens with his 40-page introduction. This work has become a standard introduction to analytic philosophy, and its title names an era. Despite his early hope for the future of analytic philosophy, Rorty came to doubt its foundations. This doubt prodded him to master American pragmatism as well as continental European work in hermeneutics and deconstruction. This work, in turn, led Rorty to question the entire tradition of Western philosophy. These doubts are expressed in his second book, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), which is one of the most widely discussed of all recent American works in philosophy. It announces the death of philosophy as a kind of higher knowledge but recommends its continuance as edification and as a branch of literature. Choice proved prophetic in stating that "this bold and provocative book is bound to rank among the most important of the decade." 020



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