Richard Rorty

Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Philosophy

Stanford University

Richard Rorty was Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University.  Previously, Rorty taught at Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and Wellesley College. He is known for his provocative revision of American pragmatism, and is one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.  Rorty was a Fellow at Stanford’s Humanities Center, and the recipient of NEH, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships.  In addition to numerous published papers, Rorty’s works include the controversial Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Consequences of Pragmatism; The Linguistic Turn (editor); Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity; and Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in 20th-Century America.