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Title: Rorty's Elective Affinities. The New Pragmatism and Postmodern Thought
Authors: Kwiek, Marek
Keywords: Richard Rorty
American neopragmatism
American philosophy
new pragmatism
postmodern philosophy
French postmodernism
French philosophy
filozofia francuska
Jean-Francois Lyotard
Michel Foucault
Jacques Derrida
G.W.F Hegel
Fryderyk Nietzsche
philosophy and literature
linguistic turn
philosophy of conversation
Jurgen Habermas
Zygmunt Bauman
rorty and European philosophy
rorty and European tradition
liberal ironist
public and private
continental influence
anxiety of influence
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Naukowe IF UAM
Citation: Poznań: Wydawnictwo Naukowe IF UAM, 1996.
Abstract: The present book is devoted to "European connections of Richard Rorty's neopragmatism". The theme, chosen carefully and intentionally, is supposed to show the motivation behind the writing of the present work, as well as to show its intended extent. Let us consider briefly the first three parts of the theme, to enlighten a little our intentions. "European" is perhaps the most important description for it was precisely that thread that was most important to me, being the only context seriously taken into account, as I assumed right from the start that I would not be writing about rather more widely unknown to me - and much less fascinating (even to Rorty, the hero of the story) from my own, traditional, Continental philosophical perspective - American analytic philosophy. So accordingly I have almost totally skipped "American" connections (to use the distinction I need here) of Rorty's philosophy, that is to say, firstly, a years-long work within analytic philosophy, secondly struggles with it on its own grounds, and finally attempts to use classical American, mainly Deweyan, pragmatism for his own needs and numerous polemics associated with it - the questions that are far away from my interests and that arise limited interest among reading and writing philosophical audience in Poland, and perhaps also among Continental philosophers. It did not seem possible to me to write a book on Rorty in his American connections for they are insufficiently known to me, demanding knowledge of both post-war American analytic philosophy as well as pragmatism of its father-founders. I could see, setting to work on Richard Rorty, that a book on his American connections (leaving aside the issue that it would not be a philosophical problem but rather, let us say, the one of writing a monograph) written by a Polish philosopher in Poland and then in the USA was not a stimulating intellectual challenge but rather a thankless working task. Besides, having spent much time on Rorty's philosophy, writing extensively about him and translating his works, I already knew that the "Continental" context was extremely important to his neopragmatism, and that thinking about it could be relatively prolific (as opposed to the context potentially given by American philosophy).
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