“Pragmatism as Anti-Authoritarianism” Lectures Now Available

Video recordings of Rorty’s 1996 lectures at the University of Girona – collected in the volume “Pragmatism as Anti-Authoritarianism” available now from Harvard University Press – recently have been made available online.

The videos include discussions after each lecture that feature invited discussants Bob Brandom, John McDowell, and Bjorn Ramberg.

Thanks to Bob Brandom for bringing these to the attention of the Richard Rorty Society!

Congratulations to the winner of our first RRS Paper Competition!

“The Anti-Authoritarian Power in Aestheticizing the Life of Our Culture: Radicalizing Richard Rorty’s Idea of a Literary Culture”

by Elin Danielsen Huckerby

Join us for the virtual 2021 Mini-Conference to hear Elin’s paper, along with sessions led by Christopher Voparil and W.P. Małecki, Martin Müller, Eduardo Mendieta, and Anindita Balslev.

The RRS Mini-Conference will be held Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15, beginning at 1:00pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) both days. A draft of the program is available here.

Register in advance for the Mini-Conference by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conference.

The Richard Rorty Society on the Blog of the APA

Recently, the Richard Rorty Society hosted the second international conference at Penn State University, with the title “Rorty’s Ethics.” The conference took place November 22-24th, 2019 at the Nittany Lion Inn, in State College. For this second international conference, Prof. Robert Brandom was the keynote speaker. The responses to his two plenaries were delivered by Richard Bernstein and Brady Bowman. The full program and details can be found at the Society’s Website. Below, I talk with Eduardo Mendieta about the conference…..

Visit the Blog of the APA to read more about the Richard Rorty Society’s recent conference at Penn State!

CFP – Rethinking Rorty’s Pragmatism: Ethics after Epistemology (deadline: January 10, 2020)

The XII-1 (2020) issue of the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy will be dedicated to the American neopragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty (1931-2007). The occasion of the decennial of his death witnessed an intensification of interest in the American thinker, with many works on Rorty recently published or in preparation. The title of the symposium, “Rethinking Rorty’s Pragmatism: Ethics after Epistemology,” expresses the main intention of this issue, which is to continue the conversation about the consequences for ethics of Rorty’s famous critique of modern epistemology and its well-known concern with knowledge and representation. Continue reading

CFP – Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 45th Annual Meeting (deadline: September 1, 2017)

The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy cordially invites the submission of papers and proposals for its 45th annual meeting, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme of the conference is Ethos and Creativity. Papers in all areas of American Philosophy are welcome.

Scholars who are not presently members of the Society, but whose work is in American thought are especially encouraged to submit. We also invite contributions that address the conference theme, which comes from the title of the most philosophically significant essay about the host city, Indianapolis. The essay, written by Indianapolis poet Mari Evans (1923–2017) about race and artistic practice, originally appeared as “Ethos and Creativity: The Impulse as Malleable” in Where We Live: Essays about Indiana (Indiana University Press, 1989). Continue reading