An American philosopher in the tradition of American pragmatism. Follows Charles Pierce, William James, and John Dewey, though his efforts lean towards postmodernism.

Rorty was a very conventional philosopher until he published Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature in 1979, in which he claimed that the three greatest philosophers of the twentieth century are Wittgenstein, Heidegger and Dewey, all of whom eschewed the model of philosophy as a foundational kind of knowledge, one that achieved a true representation of the universe and our place in it. Instead, the philosophers he cites tried to recognize that philosophy is an activity specific to one's time and place, that it is a therapeutic activity aimed at consoling oneself, and helping us deal with our circumstances in a more reflective way.

Since then, Rorty has published continually, calling philosophy a genre of literature, and suggesting that our ethnocentrism is a virtue, since ethnocentrism is unavoidable (even philosophically), and ours is liberal, and specifically distrustful of itself and ethnocentrism in general.

The following is a complete list of Rorty's writings published in book format:

In addition, Rorty has published extensively in journals, essay collections, and elsewhere.

Some of the major figures Rorty discusses in the books above are: John Dewey, William James, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Jurgen Habermas, John Rawls, Charles Taylor, Donald Davidson, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Rorty taught for most of his career at the University of Virginia and is currently a professor at Stanford University in the Comparative Literature department.

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