The essays in this volume make it all the more apparent why richard rorty has become a lightening rod in contemporary american culture and why intellectual historians have been among his sternest critics. Richard rorty and american intellectual history in this volume a host of distinguished scholars examine richard rortys influence on twentieth century american pragmatism and its commitment to achieving social democracy. Rortys reclaiming of the pragmatist tradition and his contribution to the discipline of intellectual history are highlighted at the same time each essay finds rortys pragmatism most fully enunciated in contingency irony and solidarity lacking in its privatist vision of the good life
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