Work of Friendship, The: Rorty, His Critics, and the Project of Solidarity

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This book provides an incisive reading of the problems with Rorty’s public/private distinction, his valorization of the figure of the strong poet, and his conception of solidarity. Rothleder argues that Rorty lacks a conception of friendship which would rescue him from the isolation inherent in the life of a strong poet. She draws on ideas in contemporary continental philosophy, education, and feminism to develop a model of friendship that would achieve Rorty’s goal of ending humiliation without invoking the problematic figure of the strong poet.
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Dianne Rothleder has taught philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Pages
163
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ISBN
9781438418100
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Language
English
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Philosophy / General
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