Richard Rorty, 1931-2007.

Richard Rorty’s philosophical career is not easy to sum up. Many admired him, many others saw his advocacy of philosophical “light-mindedness” as a corruption of what they held dear. But many who never read him, and many others who didn’t know his name, were actually Rortians. In fact, most of those Americans who see themselves as “postmodernists,” though they salute French philosophers, actually speak Rorty’s dialect. In a deep sense, Rorty formulated the prejudice of our time. Or it was his formulation which many of us accepted. Some further thoughts on the occassion of Rorty’s death (on the Forward website).

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