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Richard Rorty: Education, Philosophy, and Politics

reviewed by Ignacio Gotz - 2003

coverTitle: Richard Rorty: Education, Philosophy, and Politics
Author(s): Michael A. Peters and Paulo Ghiraldelli Jr. (Editors)
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742509052, Pages: 224, Year: 2002
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This book is a collection of critical essays on the work of Richard Rorty.  The critiques concentrate on Rorty’s philosophical positions, on his views about politics, and on the applicability of these to education.  The essays are uneven, but the book as a whole contains a wide-ranging examination of Rorty’s ideas.  To me, the book is worth reading if only for the excellent essays by Rodrigues and by Best and Kellner.   Writing a review of such a book as this presents certain special challenges.  There is a temptation to engage Rorty’s writings rather than the essays themselves, while at the same time there is the question of the accuracy of the authors’ views of Rorty.  There is a tendency among them to get lost among the “posts” – “ post-Darwinian,” “post-Nietzschean,” “post-modern,” and so on -- and perhaps a certain unselfconscious itch to find error everywhere.  Only a few of the essays really come to grips with Rorty’s philosophical positions; most of them tackle tangents that seem, in a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 151-154
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10920, Date Accessed: 6/4/2020 4:41:52 AM

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  • Ignacio Gotz
    Hofstra University (Emeritus)
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    Ignacio Götz is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, The Scottish Journal of Theology, Educational Theory, Religious Education, and Cross Currents, among others. His most recent books include Conceptions of Happiness (1995), The Culture of Sexism (1999), Manners and Violence (2000), and Technology and the Spirit (2001).
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