An Ethics for Today

Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion

by Richard Rorty, Jeffrey W. Robbins, Gianni Vattimo,

An Ethics for Today
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  • 9780231150569
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Richard Rorty is famous, maybe even infamous, for his philosophical nonchalance. His groundbreaking work not only rejects all theories of truth but also dismisses modern epistemology and its preoccupation with knowledge and representation. At the same time, the celebrated pragmatist believed there could be no universally valid answers to moral questions, leading to a complex view of religion rarely expressed in his writings.

In this posthumous publication, Rorty, a strict secularist, finds in the pragmatic thought of John Dewey, John Stuart Mill, Henry James, and George Santayana a political imagination shared by religious traditions. His intent is not to promote belief over nonbelief, or to blur the distinction between religious and public domains, but to locate patterns of similarity and difference that foster an ethics of decency and a politics of solidarity. He particularly responds to Pope Benedict XVI and campaign against postmodern inquiry. Whether holding theologians, metaphysicians, or political ideologues to account, Rorty remains steadfast in his opposition to absolute uniformity and its exploitation of political strength.

  • Columbia University Press; November 2010
  • ISBN 9780231525435
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  • Title: An Ethics for Today
  • Author: Richard Rorty; Jeffrey W. Robbins (other); Gianni Vattimo (other); G. Elijah Dann (other)
  • Imprint: Columbia University Press
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About The Author

Richard Rorty (1931-2007) is professor of comparative literature and philosophy at Stanford University. His Columbia University Press books include Philosophy and the The Future of Religion and What's the Use of Truth?

Gianni Vattimo is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Turin and a member of the European Parliament. His books with Columbia University Press are The Vocation and Responsibility of the Philosopher, Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue, Not Being God, The Future of Religion (with Richard Rorty), Dialogue with Nietzsche, and Nihilism and Emancipation.

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ISBNs
  • 0231525435
  • 9780231150569
  • 9780231525435