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S1E01 Richard Rorty and Achieving Our Country w/ Adrian Rutt

S1E01 Richard Rorty and Achieving Our Country w/ Adrian Rutt

Adrian Rutt revisits Richard Rorty's 1998 book Achieving Our Country—which finds itself more politically relevant today than it ever has been.

What has happened to the political left since the 1960s? What distinguishes the reformist left from the cultural left? What does it mean for a leftist to have "national pride"? Are metaphysicians more prone to violence?

In the very first episode of Damn the Absolute!, Jeffrey Howard speaks with Adrian Rutt, a philosophy professor in Cleveland, Ohio. He is president of the Western Reserve Philosophical Society, a local group that engages the larger community in important conversations across philosophy and politics. Adrian is also an editor for Liberal Currents, an online publication defending liberal principles and institutions.

We explore the political thought of the iconoclastic philosopher Richard Rorty. And specifically, we look at his 1998 book, Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America.

Produced by Erraticus.

Show Notes:

"Rorty on Religion and Politics" by Jeffrey Stout in The Philosophy of Richard Rorty (2010)

"Post-ontological Philosophy of Mind: Rorty versus Davidson" by Bjorn Ramberg in Rorty and His Critics (2000)

Defending Rorty: Pragmatism and Liberal Virtue by William Curtis (2015)

Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America by Richard Rorty (1998)

Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity by Richard Rorty (1989)

Lessons for the Left: Achieving Our Country Revisited” by Adrian Rutt (2020)

America Needs a Conservative Labor Movement” by Oren Cass (2020)

Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature by Richard Rorty (1979)

Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher by Neil Gross (2008) 

Pragmatic Liberalism and the Critique of Modernity by Gary Gutting (1999)

Rorty Recants (Partially)” by Nick Gall (2020)

S1E12 Philosophers Need to Care About the Poor w/ Jacob Goodson (2021)

S1E14 A Tool for a Pluralistic World w/ Justin Marshall (2021)

"Rortian Liberalism and the Problem of Truth" by Adrian Rutt (2021)

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