Special Issue "The Legacy of Richard Rorty"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2013)
During his lifetime Richard Rorty was unusual insofar as his work was more influential outside philosophy departments than inside. This was in part due to the fact that his ‘deconstructive’ attacks on what he took to be his discipline’s moribund obsession with truth and objectivity generated no small degree of antagonism. But in his attempt to find a place for the intellectual in modern culture his interests inclined increasingly towards those subjects and practices that engage more directly in shaping that culture, and thinkers in these areas were often encouraged to encounter a thinker who rejected the notion that their activities were in some sense lacking the appropriate cognitive bona fides. That Rorty was willing to engage seriously with the work of, amongst others, Foucault, Heidegger and Derrida made him all the more suspect to the one constituency and attractive to the other. Two factors complicate this story, however. On the one hand, the revival of interest in pragmatism has raised questions about Rorty’s neo-pragmatist rejection of the human aspiration towards objectivity; and on the other, thinkers on the political left who are amenable to that rejection are repelled by the ethnocentrism of his liberalism. The purpose of this Special Issue is to explore these and related tensions in Rorty’s work and in so doing help us arrive at a critical evaluation of his legacy. Papers are therefore welcome from those working in any area that conduces to that end.
Dr. Neil Gascoigne
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• Pragmatism and neo-pragmatism
• Truth and Objectivity
• Literary Theory
• Mind and World