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    Contingency, Freedom, and Classical Liberalism.William M. Curtis - 2020 - European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 12 (2).
    Rosa Calcaterra has written an extremely learned and thoughtful book about Richard Rorty’s controversial neopragmatism. It is a worthy addition to the growing number of works that offer a more generous and balanced assessment of Rorty’s thought, in contrast to the scores of highly critical treatments it received during his career. But, as Calcaterra insists, her book is “not an apology for Rorty” (Calcaterra 2019: ix); she critically approaches what she calls Rorty’s philosophical “provocatio...
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    Rorty as Virtue Liberal.William M. Curtis - 2016 - Contemporary Pragmatism 13 (4):400-419.
    Virtue liberalism holds that the success of liberal politics and society depends on the citizenry possessing a set of liberal virtues, including traits like open-mindedness, toleration, and individual autonomy. Virtue liberalism is thus an ethically demanding conception of liberalism that is at odds with conceptions, like Rawlsian political liberalism andmodus vivendiliberalism, that attempt to minimize liberalism’s ethical impact in order to accommodate a greater range of ethical pluralism. Although he claims to be a Rawlsian political liberal, Richard Rorty’s pragmatic liberalism (...)
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    Liberals and Pluralists: Charles Taylor vs John Gray.William M. Curtis - 2007 - Contemporary Political Theory 6 (1):86-107.
    Charles Taylor and John Gray offer competing liberal responses to the contemporary challenge of pluralism. Gray's morally minimal 'modus vivendi liberalism' aims at peaceful coexistence between plural ways of life. It is, in Judith Shklar's phrase, a 'liberalism of fear' that is skeptical of attempts to harmonize clashing values. In contrast, Taylor's 'hermeneutic liberalism' is based on dialogical engagement with difference and holds out the possibility that incompatible values and traditions can be reconciled without oppression or distortion. Although Taylor's theory (...)
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  4. Rorty's liberal utopia and Huxley's island.William M. Curtis - 2011 - Philosophy and Literature 35 (1):91-103.
    Eschewing conventional candidates, like Plato's Republic or Machiavelli's Prince, Richard Rorty praises Aldous Huxley's Brave New World as "the best introduction to political philosophy," because it shows us "what sort of human future would be produced by a naturalism untempered by historicist Romanticism, and by a politics aimed merely at alleviating mammalian pain."1 Huxley's celebrated dystopia is thus a poignant warning to our modern utilitarian political projects. Yet Rorty also suggests that utopian literature can play a positive and inspirational role (...)
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    Chin’s Rorty and the L-Word.William M. Curtis - 2021 - Contemporary Pragmatism 18 (4):335-348.
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    Members Only? Critical Response to Herr's "Defense of Nonliberal Nationalism".William M. Curtis - 2007 - Political Theory 35 (3):334 - 340.
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    Members Only?William M. Curtis - 2007 - Political Theory 35 (3):334-340.
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    Rorty as Virtue Liberal.William M. Curtis - 2023 - In Martin Müller (ed.), Handbuch Richard Rorty. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. pp. 917-931.
    Virtue liberalism requires democratic citizens to possess certain ethical character traits, like open-mindedness, toleration, and autonomy. This puts it at odds with theories, like Rawlsian political liberalism, that seek to minimize liberalism’s ethical demands to accommodate a greater range of ethical pluralism. Although Rorty endorses Rawls’s theory, his pragmatic liberalism is best understood as a version of virtue liberalism that, in particular, recommends a controversial civic virtue of irony for good citizenship. Indeed, in contrast to Rawls, Rorty joins Dewey in (...)
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    Rhetoric Between Philosophy and Poetry.William M. Curtis - 2020 - In Alan Malachowski (ed.), A companion to Rorty. Hoboken: Wiley. pp. 119–134.
    Called the “greatest philosophical essayist of his time,” Rorty is both famous and notorious in academic philosophy for his uniquely engaging writing style. While his fellow analytic philosophers look askance at his flamboyant prose, suspicious that it lacks the care and precision that their discipline demands, literary intellectuals who champion the essay genre can have their qualms about Rorty as well: his work is too professional and specialized to be properly called essays. I argue not only that Rorty's work fits (...)
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    Reconstructing pragmatism: Richard Rorty and the classical pragmatists By Chris Voparil, New York: Oxford University Press, 2022, ix + 377 pp. [REVIEW]William M. Curtis - 2022 - Metaphilosophy 53 (5):736-740.
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