Mind, Language, and Metaphilosophy: Early Philosophical Papers

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Richard Rorty was one of the top American philosophers in the second half of the 20th Century, and now we get to read his early work, which help sets the foundation for his later work.

This collection brings together his early philosophical papers that were published in journals, and are just now being reprinted. With this collection students and teachers of philosophy will enjoy this work, and be able to explore one of the great thinkers of the 20th Century without having to search through old journals. The essays are presented in chronological order, from the earliest to the more recent. All of them focus on his early work. While Rorty himself felt these earlier writings were not up to par with his later, more seminal work, of which there are many large collections, it is an easily accessible introduction to modern 20th Century American philosophy. Like most modern philosophy the writing is highly technical; the average reader will be hard pressed to follow along. Even in its highly technical nature, this is still an important work and should not be ignored.

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Author Richard Rorty, Stephen Leach, Editor, James Tartaglia, Editor
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 326 pages
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publish Date 2014-Apr-07
ISBN 9781107612297
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Issue August 2014
Category Philosophy


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