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Richard Rorty, Philosophy as Cultural Politics: Philosophical Papers, Volume 4 . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xii + 206 pp. Cloth ISBN 0-521-87544-8. Paper ISBN 0-521-69835-1.

Richard Rorty, Philosophy as Cultural Politics: Philosophical Papers, Volume 4 . Cambridge:... Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 4, No. 2 (December 2007), 117­123 Editions Rodopi © 2007 Richard Rorty begins this, his final book, with a sober word of warning: "Readers of my previous books will find little new in this volume. It contains no novel ideas or arguments" (x). On the whole, this is true; much of the ground covered in Philosophy as Cultural Politics is indeed familiar, well-trod turf. With Rorty as cicerone, readers will glimpse the death masks of the once-mighty (Plato, Descartes, Locke, Kant); stroll past quaint ancient ruins (realism, representationalism, scientism, foundationalism); and saunter through a pantheon thronged with heroes (Hegel, Nietzsche, James, Dewey, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Sellars, Davidson, Brandom, Fine). The entire tour, moreover, is conducted in Rorty's suave patois: a style that is at once polished and colloquial, knowing yet hopeful, erudite but seductive. Is this a roundabout way of saying that Rorty has multiplied books beyond necessity? By no means. In my opinion, there are at least three good reasons to read Philosophy as Cultural Politics. To begin with, there is the sheer range of the collection. The volume contains thirteen papers grouped under three headings: "Religion and Morality from a Pragmatist Point of View" http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Richard Rorty, Philosophy as Cultural Politics: Philosophical Papers, Volume 4 . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xii + 206 pp. Cloth ISBN 0-521-87544-8. Paper ISBN 0-521-69835-1.

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 4 (2): 117 – Apr 21, 2007

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© Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 4, No. 2 (December 2007), 117­123 Editions Rodopi © 2007 Richard Rorty begins this, his final book, with a sober word of warning: "Readers of my previous books will find little new in this volume. It contains no novel ideas or arguments" (x). On the whole, this is true; much of the ground covered in Philosophy as Cultural Politics is indeed familiar, well-trod turf. With Rorty as cicerone, readers will glimpse the death masks of the once-mighty (Plato, Descartes, Locke, Kant); stroll past quaint ancient ruins (realism, representationalism, scientism, foundationalism); and saunter through a pantheon thronged with heroes (Hegel, Nietzsche, James, Dewey, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Sellars, Davidson, Brandom, Fine). The entire tour, moreover, is conducted in Rorty's suave patois: a style that is at once polished and colloquial, knowing yet hopeful, erudite but seductive. Is this a roundabout way of saying that Rorty has multiplied books beyond necessity? By no means. In my opinion, there are at least three good reasons to read Philosophy as Cultural Politics. To begin with, there is the sheer range of the collection. The volume contains thirteen papers grouped under three headings: "Religion and Morality from a Pragmatist Point of View"

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Published: Apr 21, 2007

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