Preface and Acknowledgments viii Contributors ix Introduction: Rorty's Approach to Philosophy: Time for Reassessment 1 Alan Malachowski Prologue 9 1 Reading Rorty: A Sketch of a Plan 11 Danielle Macbeth Part I Early Developments 25 2 Was Rorty an Eliminative Materialist? 27 William Ramsey 3 Rorty's Philosophy of Consciousness 43 James Tartaglia 4 Rorty and Transcendental Arguments 59 Neil Gascoigne Part II Texts 79 5 Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature 81 James Tartaglia 6 The Uses of Philosophy after the Collapse of Metaphysics: Ironism and Liberalism in Rorty's Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity 100 Colin Koopman 7 Rhetoric Between Philosophy and Poetry: Rorty as Essayist 119 William M. Curtis 8 Rorty's Inspirational Liberalism 135 Richard J. Bernstein Part III Themes 147 9 Are Pragmatists About Truth True Democrats? 149 Pascal Engel 10 Richard Rorty and (the End of) Metaphysics (?) 163 David Macarthur 11 Rorty, Pragmatism, and Ethics: The Value of Hope 178 Marjorie C. Miller 12 The Center and Circumference of Knowledge: Rorty on Pragmatism and Romanticism 194 Isaac Nevo 13 Rorty and Analytic Philosophy 211 Gary Gutting 14 Speculative Pragmatism: Richard Rorty and the Hyperboles of Philosophy 229 Paul Trembath Part IV Appropriations 251 15 Rorty on Hegel on the Mind in History 253 Paul Redding 16 Rorty and the Mirror of Nietzsche 268 Steven Michels 17 The Truth of Being and the History of Philosophy 281 Mark Okrent 18 Rorty's Romantic Polytheism: The Influence of William James 297 Carol Nicholson 19 Inconvenient Conversational Partners: Rorty and Freud 312 Alan Malachowski 20 Rorty and Dewey 335 David L. Hildebrand 21 Common Understanding Without Uncommon Certainty: Rorty's Wittgenstein Revisited 357 Alan Malachowski 22 Rorty, Davidson, and Representation 370 Steven Levine 23 The Rorty-Habermas Debate: A Critical Appraisal 395 Anton A. van Niekerk Part V Culture, Politics, and Religion 411 24 Rorty and Literature 413 Serge Grigoriev 25 The Contested Marriage of Rorty and Feminism 427 Elizabeth Sperry 26 Rorty and Religion: Beyond the Culture Wars? 444 Molly B. Farneth 27 Rorty's Philosophy of Religion 456 Emil Visn?ovsky 28 Rorty and the Intellectual Culture of Central Europe 467 Emil Visn?ovsky, Alexander Kremer, and Krzysztof Piotr Skowro?ski 29 Rorty and Nihilism 482 Tracy Llanera 30 Rorty's Ethics of Responsibility 490 Christopher J. Voparil Part VI Coda 505 31 Poetry as (a Kind of) Philosophy: For Richard Rorty 507 Christopher Norris Internet Resources 528 Index 529
Alan Malachowski is Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Ethics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He has published extensively on both Richard Rorty and Pragmatism and has authored and edited many volumes, including Reading Rorty (Blackwell, 1990).