Remembering John Dewey and Sidney Hook

Richard Rorty

Richard Rorty

Richard Rorty is blissfully unique among twentieth- century philosophers for his eminent readability. As such, one doesn’t need to approach him only after first digesting several introductory texts but can more or less jump right in. Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature is a bold classic, but if you’re not up for a full book, I’d start with his essay “Private Irony and Liberal Hope” and his autobiographical snippet, “Trotsky and the Wild Orchids,” both available in The Rorty Reader. If you must have an introduction, Alan Malachowski’s slim tome, Richard Rorty: Philosophy Now, fits the bill quite well.


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