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Introduction: The Unity of Richard Rorty’s Philosophy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 April 2021

David Rondel
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University of Nevada, Reno
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In this introduction, I offer a sketch and overview of some major themes in Rorty’s thought (antirepresentationalism, liberalism, irony, anti-authoritarianism) and try to indicate how they hang together in a coherent (albeit controversial) whole. While Rorty’s work might appear disjointed and occasional given the immense range of this interests, I argue that his philosophy is unified on the whole. I also show how a broadly Darwinian world picture is at the center of Rorty’s philosophy and how this profoundly shapes all of his thinking.

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Print publication year: 2021

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