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For the Love of Perfection
Richard Rorty and Liberal Education

ISBN 9780415910514
Published November 29, 1994 by Routledge
184 Pages

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For the Love of Perfection examines Richard Rorty's pragmatist philosophy for thinking about the aims and processes of liberal education. Offering a radical re-interpretation of the philosopher's arguments against metaphysics, René V. Arcilla demonstrates how Rorty's thinking may be re-envisioned to take greater account of today's multicultural society.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Is the Desire for Liberal Education Metaphysical? 2. The Problem with Metaphysics: The Epistemology of Resentment 3. From Epistemology to Conversation 4. From Consciousness to Edification 5. Conversational Edification, Liberalism, and Cultural Antagonism 6. Disarming Culture through the Perfectionist Love of Liberal Learning

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René Vincente Arcilla is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.


"In the process of developing his argument he [Arcilla] provides an insightful examination of Rorty's ideas, and their philosophical roots and educational implications...Arcilla does an exceptionally fine job of providing the reader with an understanding of the American anti-epistemological tradition, which (together with Nietzsche) Rorty draws on." -- Teachers' College Record