An Ethics for Today

Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion

Richard Rorty. Introduction by Gianni Vattimo. Foreword by Jeffrey W. Robbins and conclusion by G. Elijah Dann

Columbia University Press

An Ethics for Today

Pub Date: November 2010

ISBN: 9780231150569

104 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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Pub Date: November 2010

ISBN: 9780231525435

104 Pages

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An Ethics for Today

Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion

Richard Rorty. Introduction by Gianni Vattimo. Foreword by Jeffrey W. Robbins and conclusion by G. Elijah Dann

Columbia University Press

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, which led him 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, William James, and George Santayana, among others, 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. Rorty seeks only to locate patterns of similarity and difference so an ethics of decency and a politics of solidarity can rise. He particularly responds to Pope Benedict XVI and his campaign against the relativist vision. Whether holding theologians, metaphysicians, or political ideologues to account, Rorty remains steadfast in his opposition to absolute uniformity and its exploitation of political strength.
This striking presentation of Rorty's influential thoughts will be of value to those grounded in the study of philosophy, religion, and their interaction. Library Journal
...concise but none the less immensely thoughtful... Roman Madzia, Pragmatism Today
This book makes for fascinating reading. It is a rare philosophy book that is a page-turner that can be read in one or two sittings. Daniel Dombrowski, Sophia
Foreword: Richard Rorty: A Philosophical Guide to Talking About Religion, by Jeffrey W. Robbins
Introduction, by Gianni Vattimo
An Ethics for Today, by Richard Rorty
Conclusion: Philosophy, Religion, and Religious Belief After Rorty, by G. Elijah Dann

About the Author

Richard Rorty (1931-2007) was professor of comparative literature and philosophy at Stanford University. His Columbia University Press books are The Future of Religion (with Gianni Vattimo) 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 include The Responsibility of the Philosopher; Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue (with René Girard); Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, and Law; and After Christianity.