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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The End of Rorty

posted by on June 27 at 15:35 PM

This universe spares no one. Even philosophers die. All we can hope is that one day a man/woman will produce a thought strong enough to win even one battle against the given time.

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Yup, him and Baudrillard within a year of each other. The Americans and the French have both lost fairly significant thinkers.

Ever since Rawls went, American philosophers have been dying off fast, real fast.

Posted by Jay | June 27, 2007 5:05 PM

That's awful. He was SO GREAT. How I regret being lost in grief and alcohol when he was teaching at UVa to the point that I didn't even know his work or try to get into one of his classes. Barack Obama is echoing Rorty whether he knows it or not.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | June 27, 2007 6:38 PM

As a grad student, I set up a lecture for Rorty on behalf of Edward Said (another loss) back in 1994 or 1995. There was an audience of maybe 30 people, half grad students, half professors, and Rorty went on and on in the most delightful way about that timeless Stein line "a rose is a rose is a rose." It was wonderful.

Posted by JME | June 27, 2007 9:01 PM

I'm pretty sure Rorty said novelists, not philosophers, are best suited to answer the big questions. What a wonderful approach. I'm very sad to see him go. He made college sort of interesting.

Posted by roag | June 27, 2007 10:28 PM

This is weeks-old news, but I love that Slog contributors post stuff (read: pomo/crit theory) like this. had an interesting retrospective from friends of Rorty:

Posted by anthow | June 28, 2007 12:39 PM

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