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    Reconstructing pragmatism: Richard Rorty and the classical pragmatists.Christopher J. Voparil - 2022 - New York, NY, United States of America: Oxford University Press.
    The figure of Richard Rorty stands in complex relation to the tradition of American pragmatism. On the one hand, his intellectual creativity, lively prose, and bridge-building fueled the contemporary resurgence of pragmatism. On the other, his polemical claims and selective interpretations function as a negative, fixed pole against which thinkers of all stripes define themselves. Virtually all pragmatists on the contemporary scene, whether classical or "new," Deweyan, Jamesian, or Peircean, use Rorty as a foil to justify their positions. The resulting (...)
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    Rorty's Ethics of Responsibility.Christopher J. Voparil - 2020 - In Alan Malachowski (ed.), A companion to Rorty. Hoboken: Wiley. pp. 490–504.
    This essay seeks to illuminate the ethical concerns that animate Richard Rorty's philosophy. I argue that Rorty's ethics foregrounds as its central priority the issue of responsibility and frame Rorty's work as offering us a picture of ethical comportment in a postfoundational, pluralistic milieu, where citizens not only recognize the contingency of their own deepest beliefs but give up any sense of responsibilities owed to nonhuman authorities. To paraphrase Rorty, from any number of occasions, all we have to be responsible (...)
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    Taking Other Human Beings Seriously: Rorty's Ethics of Choice and Responsibility.Christopher J. Voparil - 2014 - Contemporary Pragmatism 11 (1):83-102.
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    Richard Rorty: Politics and Vision.Christopher J. Voparil - 2006 - Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This book offers a fresh perspective on Richard Rorty by situating his work in the arena of political theory. Reinterpreting Rorty's much-maligned antirepresentationalism as a Romantic affirmation of the power of imaginative writing, Voparil firmly grounds Rorty in an American tradition that includes not only James and Dewey, but Emerson, Whitman, and James Baldwin, and initiates an overdue reassessment of this important thinker's value to the political discourse of the 21st century.
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    Pragmatism and Justice.Susan Dieleman, David Rondel & Christopher J. Voparil (eds.) - 2017 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    Pragmatism and Justice is an interdisciplinary volume of new and seminal essays by political philosophers, social theorists, and scholars of pragmatism which provides a comprehensive introduction and lasting resource for scholars of pragmatist thought and questions of justice.
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    The Rorty Reader.Christopher J. Voparil & Richard J. Bernstein (eds.) - 2010 - Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell.
    The first comprehensive collection of the work of Richard Rorty, The Rorty Reader brings together the influential American philosopher’s essential essays from over four decades of writings. Offers a comprehensive introduction to Richard Rorty's life and body of work Brings key essays published across many volumes and journals into one collection, including selections from his final volume of philosophical papers, Philosophy as Cultural Politics ) Contains the previously unpublished essay, “Redemption from Egotism” Includes in-depth interviews, and several revealing autobiographical pieces (...)
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    Richard Rorty: Politics and Vision.Christopher J. Voparil - 2006 - Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield.
    The first full-length work devoted to Richard Rorty from the perspective of political theory, this book offers a fresh assessment of the promise of the renowned pragmatist's project. Framing Rorty's discourse as one of meaning and persuasion rather than truth and accuracy of representation, Voparil sheds new light on many of Rorty's most misunderstood and maligned stances, including his practice of "redescription" and disavowal of "getting it right," as well as his embrace of the novel and "sentimental education." As political (...)
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    Rorty and Brandom: Pragmatism and the Ontological Priority of the Social.Christopher J. Voparil - 2011 - Pragmatism Today 2 (1):133-143.
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    Pragmatism and the Somatic Turn: Shusterman's Somaesthetics and Beyond.Christopher J. Voparil & John Giordano - 2015 - Metaphilosophy 46 (1):141-161.
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    Introduction to International Symposium on Richard Rorty.Federico Penelas & Christopher J. Voparil - 2014 - Contemporary Pragmatism 11 (1):1-4.
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    A new name for some old ways of teaching: Dewey, learning differences, and liberal education.Christopher J. Voparil - 2008 - Education and Culture 24 (1):pp. 33-48.
    The diversity of learning differences in today's college classrooms raises an array of difficult questions that pedagogical theory and practice have yet to address. The trend toward more individualized instruction presents a puzzle when considered alongside this new diversity, particularly in the context of classical ideals of liberal education. Drawing on the surprisingly timely educational writings of John Dewey, this essay attempts to sketch a pedagogical vision for the 21st century that shifts the focus back toward the process of learning (...)
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    Dewey and Rorty on the Role of Non-Logical Changes in Belief.Christopher J. Voparil - 2013 - In Jacquelyn Kegley & Krzyszof Piotr Skowronski (eds.), Persuasion and Compulsion in Democracy. Lexington. pp. 133.
  13. Jonquils and wild orchids: James and Rorty on politics and aesthetic experience.Christopher J. Voparil - 2009 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 23 (2):pp. 100-110.
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    Pragmatist Politics: Making the Case for Liberal Democracy by John McGowan (review).Christopher J. Voparil - 2014 - Education and Culture 30 (1):113-118.
    Given how much the tradition owes to Dewey’s pragmatic reconstruction of philosophy, that more is not written of a political bent by those working under the sign of pragmatism is to me always surprising. John McGowan’s Pragmatist Politics is a shining exception. The book’s aim is “to articulate and practice a liberal democratic ethos inspired primarily by the American pragmatist tradition.”1 Two compelling opening chapters lay out McGowan’s melioristic conception of pragmatism as a philosophy of possibility animated by a belief (...)
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  15. The Political Theory of Utopia: From Melancholy to Nostalgia.Christopher J. Voparil - 2012 - Metaphilosophy 43 (4):523-529.
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    Pragmatism as Transition: Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty by Colin Koopman. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. Pp. xi + 274. [REVIEW]Christopher J. Voparil - 2012 - Metaphilosophy 43 (4):523-529.
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