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Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

1st Edition

By James Tartaglia


264 pages

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Richard Rorty is one of the most influential, controversial and widely-read philosophers of the twentieth century. In this GuideBook to Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature Tartaglia analyzes this challenging text and introduces and assesses:

  • Rorty's life and the background to his philosophy
  • the key themes and arguments of Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
  • the continuing importance of Rorty's work to philosophy.

Rorty and the Mirror of Nature is an ideal starting-point for anyone new to Rorty, and essential reading for students in philosophy, cultural studies, literary theory and social science.


'The book is clearly written and fair-minded throughout, just the sort of work one would want as a guidebook for reading an important and difficult book. In this sense, it seems clear about its audience and will be useful for a sophisticated study of Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature and also of interest to those who already have a good deal of background and familiarity with Rorty.' David Hiley, University of New Hampshire, USA

'This is well-written, clear, accessible, sharp and pitched at the right level. It strikes the right balance between the detailed exploration of particular arguments, and setting Rorty's book in a wider intellectual context.' Matthew Festenstein, University of York, UK

Table of Contents

1. Rorty 2. The Mirror of Nature 3. The Origins of the Mirror 4. The Antipodeans 5. The Origins of Philosophy 6. Linguistic Holism 7. Naturalized Epistemology: Psychology 8. Naturalized Epistemology: Language 9. Science and Pluralism 10. The Power of Strangeness Bibliography Notes

About the Author

James Tartaglia is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Keele, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks

Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks painlessly introduce students to the classic works of philosophy. Each GuideBook considers a major philosopher and a key area of their philosophy by focusing upon an important text – situating the philosopher and the work in a historical context, considering the text in question and assessing the philosopher’s contribution to contemporary thought.

Edited by Tim Crane, University of Cambridge and Jonathan Wolff, University College London

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PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Modern