Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature

  title={Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature},
  author={David Woodruff Smith},
  journal={Philosophical Topics},
Richard Rorty's Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature brings to light the deep sense of crisis within the profession of academic philosophy which is similar to the paralyzing pluralism in contemporary theology and the inveterate indeterminacy of literary criticism. Richard Rorty's provocative and profound meditations impel philosophers to examine the problematic status of their discipline— only to discover that modern European philosophy has come to an end. Rorty strikes a deathblow to modern… Expand
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Consequences of Pragmatism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota
  • 1982
Dependency, Individuality, and Work
  • 1977
Rorty ' s most explicit treatment of the professional character of contemporary American philosophy can be found in his brilliant essay , " Professionalized Philosophy and Transcendentalist Culture
  • 1961
The New Pragmatism, Durham: Acumen
  • Critique of Pure Reason,
  • 1933