Richard Rorty: Outgrowing Modern Nihilism (Paperback)

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1. The Great Debate

Why Rorty?

The "Spiritual"

Spiritual Disjointedness

The Book

2. Overcoming Nihilism

Nietzsche: The "Uncanniest of All Guests"

Heidegger: When the Hammer Breaks

Taylor: Modern Moral Sources

Dreyfus and Kelly: "Whooshing" Up

Rorty the Nihilist?

Three Cases


3. The Concept of Redemption

Essentialism and Edification

Romantic Polytheism

The Religious Impulse

Rise of the Literary Culture

Liberal Democracy

A New Self-Image

Religious Nostalgia


4. Averting Nihilism


The Private-Public Distinction

Self-Creation and Solidarity


Nihilism and Egotism

Post-Metaphysical Redemption


5. Pragmatist Transcendence

The Ambition to Transcendence

Vertical Transcendence and the Onto-Theological Tradition

Horizontal Transcendence and Pragmatism

Strong and Weak Transcendence

Three Concerns


6. The Nihilisms of Our Time

About the Author

Tracy Llanera is Assistant Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and faculty affiliate at the UConn Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. She works at the intersection of philosophy of religion, social and political philosophy, and pragmatism, specializing on the topics of nihilism, conversion, and the politics of language.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783030450601
ISBN-10: 3030450600
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: June 11th, 2021
Pages: 167
Language: English