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Contingency, irony, and solidarity

Author: Richard Rorty
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
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American philosopher Richard Rorty argues that thinkers such as Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein have enabled societies to see themselves as historical contingencies, rather than as expressions of underlying, ahistorical human nature, or as realizations of suprahistorical goals. This ironic perspective on the human condition is valuable but it cannot advance Liberalism's social and political goals. In fact, Rorty  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Rorty
ISBN: 0521353815 9780521353816 0521367816 9780521367813
OCLC Number: 18290785
Description: xvi, 201 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Contingency: The contingency of language --
The contingency of selfhood --
The contingency of a liberal community --
pt. 2. Ironism and theory: Private irony and liberal hope --
Self-creation and affiliation: Proust, Nietzsche, and Heidegger --
From ironist theory to private allusions: Derrida --
pt. 3. Cruelty and solidarity: The barber of Kasbeam: Nabokov on cruelty --
The last intellectual in Europe: Orwell on cruelty --
Solidarity.
Responsibility: Richard Rorty.
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In this 1989 book, Rorty examines human solidarity and liberalism through literature, philosophy, social theory and literary criticism.  Read more...

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