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Author Melkonian, Markar.
Title Richard Rorty's politics : liberalism at the end of the American century / Markar Melkonian.
Published Amherst, N.Y. : Humanity Books, 1999.
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 Floor3  JC251.R59 M45 1999    IN LIBRARY
Description 226 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-210) and index.
Contents Framing the Conversation -- Three Anti-Isms -- Rorty's "We's" -- Strategic Considerations -- Departures from Dewey -- Dewey and the Public/Private Split -- Dewey on Liberty and Democracy -- Rorty on Liberty and Democracy -- Freedom and Liberalism in Practice -- Depicting the Apolitical Private Sphere -- State Power and the Private Sphere -- Privatization and Socialism -- Private Selfhood and Ideology -- Decency and Liberalism in Practice -- Liberalism and Suffering -- The Solemn Complement of Rorty's Ideals -- Decency beyond Liberalism -- Of Light Minds and Heavy Hands -- A Circle without Circumference -- Rorty's Incompatible Roles.
Summary "Richard Rorty is one of the best-known living philosophers at the close of the American century. What he has to say about the triumph of American liberalism resonates with a near-unanimous consensus that "the free market" must forever accompany "democracy." Unlike many of his liberal colleagues, however, Rorty does not exalt familiar Enlightenment assumptions about universal reason, human nature, or historical progress."--BOOK JACKET.
"Markar Melkonian meets Rorty head-on, taking him to task for insufficiently repudiating universal values, essentialism, and other metaphysical views he claims to have abandoned.
Melkonian does this in the course of making the case that the existing liberal democracies Rorty wants to defend bear little resemblance to Rorty's own liberal utopia, in which "the quest for autonomy is impeded as little as possible by social institutions." Without denigrating such institutions as a free press, independent judiciaries, and representative democracy, Melkonian suggests that socialism - conceived as the state power of workers, rather than capitalists - holds greater promise than Rorty's liberal utopia for the supreme purposes of extending freedom and ameliorating suffering."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Rorty, Richard -- Political and social views.
Political science -- Philosophy.
Liberalism -- Philosophy.
Related To Online version: Melkonian, Markar. Richard Rorty's politics. Amherst, N.Y. : Humanity Books, 1999 (OCoLC)631763095
ISBN 1573927244 (cloth : alk. paper)
1573927252 (paper : alk. paper)
9781573927246 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781573927253 (paper : alk. paper)
OCLC number 41649687