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Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher

Neil Gross


On his death in 2007, Richard Rorty was heralded by the New York Times as “one of the world's most influential contemporary thinkers.” Controversial on the left and the right for his critiques of objectivity and political radicalism, Rorty experienced a renown denied to all but a handful of living philosophers. This biography explores the path of his thought over the decades in order to trace the intellectual and professional journey that led him to that prominence. The child of a pair of leftist writers who worried that their precocious son “wasn't rebellious enough,” Rorty enrolled at the Un ... More

Keywords: Richard Rorty, objectivity, political radicalism, University of Chicago, Richard McKeon, Yale University, Princeton University, objective truth, logical rigor, pragmatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226309903
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Gross, author