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David Rondel
University of Nevada, Reno
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    Liberalism, Ethnocentrism, and Solidarity: Reflections on Rorty.David Rondel - 2009 - Journal of Philosophical Research 34:55-68.
    In this paper I defend Richard Rorty against two critics of his moral and political philosophy—Will Kymlicka and Robert Talisse—to whom Rorty himself never responded directly. I argue that Kymlicka misrepresents Rorty’s so-called “ethnocentrism” by giving it a needlessly affirmative reading, and that Talisse, by failing to appreciate the distinction between “making truth claims” and “proposing experiments” misunderstands both Rorty’s use of Darwin and his antifoundational liberalism.
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    Liberalism, Ethnocentrism, and Solidarity.David Rondel - 2009 - Journal of Philosophical Research 34:55-68.
    In this paper I defend Richard Rorty against two critics of his moral and political philosophy—Will Kymlicka and Robert Talisse—to whom Rorty himself never responded directly. I argue that Kymlicka misrepresents Rorty’s so-called “ethnocentrism” by giving it a needlessly affirmative reading, and that Talisse, by failing to appreciate the distinction between “making truth claims” and “proposing experiments” misunderstands both Rorty’s use of Darwin and his antifoundational liberalism.
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    On Rorty's Evangelical Metaphilosophy.David Rondel - 2011 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 44 (2):150-170.
    I have spent 40 years looking for a coherent and convincing way of formulating my worries about what, if anything, philosophy is good for.Richard Rorty had an unusually avid interest in metaphilosophy. Again and again he would return to questions about the practical uses (if any) to which philosophy might be put, about philosophy's role in intellectual culture, about what philosophy is or might become. His answers to these questions were famously negative: philosophy's practical uses are few, its cultural role (...)
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    Liberalism, Ethnocentrism, and Solidarity: Reflections on Rorty.David Rondel - 2009 - Journal of Philosophical Research 34:55-68.
    In this paper I defend Richard Rorty against two critics of his moral and political philosophy—Will Kymlicka and Robert Talisse—to whom Rorty himself never responded directly. I argue that Kymlicka misrepresents Rorty’s so-called “ethnocentrism” by giving it a needlessly affirmative reading, and that Talisse, by failing to appreciate the distinction between “making truth claims” and “proposing experiments” misunderstands both Rorty’s use of Darwin and his antifoundational liberalism.
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  5. Pragmatism and Justice.Susan Dieleman, David Rondel & Christopher 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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    4.“A City of Brick”: Visual Rhetoric in Roman Rhetorical Theory and Practice “A City of Brick”: Visual Rhetoric in Roman Rhetorical Theory and Practice (Pp. 171-193). [REVIEW]Thomas Frentz, Ethan Stoneman & David Rondel - 2011 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 44 (2):129-149.
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    Andrew F. Smith, The Deliberative Impulse: Motivating Discourse in Divided Societies (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), 180 Pages. ISBN: 978-0739146095. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2013 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (3):355-357.
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    Andrew F. Smith, The Deliberative Impulse: Motivating Discourse in Divided Societies (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), 180 Pages. ISBN: 978-0739146095. Hardback/Paperback: $65/29.95. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2013 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (3):355-357.
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    Appraising Justice as Larger Loyalty.David Rondel - 2015 - Contemporary Pragmatism 12 (2):302-316.
    This paper critically examines Richard Rorty’s “justice as larger loyalty” proposal. While Rorty is right, I argue, to reject the Kantian idea of a strict bifurcation between justice and loyalty, the former corresponding to reason the latter corresponding to sentiment, my argument is that it is nevertheless a mistake to follow Rorty in conceiving of justice as he recommends we should. This is not an endorsement of the rationalistic Kantian view Rorty rejects. Rather, I argue that there are compelling Rortyan (...)
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  10. Anti-Authoritarianism, Meliorism, and Cultural Politics: On the Deweyan Deposit in Rorty’s Pragmatism.David Rondel - 2011 - Pragmatism Today 2 (1):56-67.
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    Book Review: The Practice of Political Theory: Rorty and Continental Thought. [REVIEW]David Rondel - forthcoming - Political Theory:009059171983935.
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    Book Review: The Practice of Political Theory: Rorty and Continental Thought, by Clayton Chin. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):131-134.
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    Deweyan Democracy Defended.David Rondel - 2012 - Southwest Philosophy Review 28 (1):197-207.
    This paper defends Deweyan democracy against the attack levelled against it by Robert Talisse. The problem with Talisse’s critique, I argue, is that Rawlsian concerns about reasonable pluralism are a propos only for political theories of justice ⎯ for theories, that is, that make definitive pronouncements about, or offer principled limits to, the coercive power of the state ⎯ and Deweyan democracy is not (or is not centrally) a theory of justice in this respect. My argument, in short, is that (...)
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  14. Equality as Democracy: Reconstructing Liberal Egalitarianism.David Rondel - 2009 - Dissertation, McMaster University
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    Equality, Luck, and Pragmatism.David Rondel - 2007 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 21 (2):115 - 123.
    In this paper I describe how Kant’s idea about the impossibility of moral luck has come to influence, via Rawls, recent writings in egalitarian theory. I argue that this influence has been detrimental for the study of equality. Further, I claim that the major deficiencies of this post-Rawlsian egalitarianism (nicely described by Elizabeth Anderson’s title “luck egalitarianism) are both effectively critiqued and corrected by the understanding of equality and its value located in John Dewey’s writings.
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    Egalitarians, Sufficientarians, and Mathematicians: A Critical Notice of Harry Frankfurt’s On Inequality.David Rondel - 2016 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (2):145-162.
    This critical notice provides an overview of Harry Frankfurt’s On Inequality and assesses whether Frankfurt is right to argue that equality is merely formal and empty. I counter-argue that egalitarianism, properly tweaked and circumscribed, can be defended against Frankfurt’s repudiation. After surveying the main arguments in Frankfurt’s book, I argue that whatever plausibility the ‘doctrine of sufficiency’ defended by Frankfurt may have, it does not strike a fatal blow against egalitarianism. There is nothing in egalitarianism that forbids acceptance of the (...)
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  17. G.A. Cohen and the Logic of Egalitarian Congruence.David Rondel - 2012 - Socialist Studies 8 (1):82-100.
    In this article, I argue that G. A. Cohen’s defense of the feminist slogan, “The personal is political”, his argument against Rawls’s restriction of principles of justice to the basic structure of society, depends for its intelligibility on the ability to distinguish—with reasonable but perhaps not perfect precision—between those situations in which what Nancy Rosenblum has called “the logic of congruence” is validly invoked and those in which it is not. More importantly, I suggest that the philosophical shape of Cohen’s (...)
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    Jan Narveson and James P. Sterba , Are Liberty and Equality Compatible? Reviewed By. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2011 - Philosophy in Review 31 (2):135-137.
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  19. James on Morality.David Rondel - 2017 - In David H. Evans (ed.), Understanding James, Understanding Modernism. New York: Bloomsbury. pp. 281-282.
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    Kai Nielsen’s Political Philosophy: A Critical Introduction and Overview.David Rondel & Alex Sager - 2012 - In David Rondel & Alex Sager (eds.), Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will: The Political Philosophy of Kai Nielsen. Calgary, AB, Canada: University of Calgary Press.
    An overview of Kai Nielsen's philosophy focusing on his contributions to metaphilosophy and a critical theory based on wide reflective equilibrium, global justice, and egalitarianism.
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    No Title Available: Dialogue.David Rondel - 2010 - Dialogue 49 (1):165-168.
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  22. Pragmatist Egalitarianism.David Rondel - 2018 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    Pragmatist Egalitarianism argues that a deep impasse plagues philosophical egalitarianism. It sets forth a conception of equality rooted in American pragmatist thought--specifically William James, John Dewey, and Richard Rorty--that successfully mediates that impasse.
     
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    Pragmatist Egalitarianism Revisited: Some Replies to My Critics.David Rondel - 2019 - Contemporary Pragmatism 16 (4):337-347.
    In this article, I reply to some criticisms of my book, Pragmatist Egalitarianism, offered by professors Robert Talisse, Susan Dieleman, and Alexander Livingston. Some of the major themes and questions I address include the following: How are conflicts between different egalitarian ideals best understood and addressed? Does the quest for equality have a fundamental locus, or are the different egalitarian variables I identify in the book, conceptually speaking, on an equal footing? What is the relationship between justice and equality? How (...)
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    Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will: The Political Philosophy of Kai Nielsen.David Rondel & Alex Sager (eds.) - 2012 - University of Calgary Press.
    Kai Nielsen is one of Canada’s most distinguished political philosophers. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has published more than 400 papers in political philosophy, ethics, meta-philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He has engaged much of the best work in Anglophone political philosophy, shedding light on many of the central debates and controversies of our time but throughout has remained a unique voice on the political left. _ Pessimism of the Intellect _presents a thoughtful collection of Nielsen’s essays (...)
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    Pessimism of the Intellect, Determination of the Will: An Interview with Kai Nielsen.David Rondel & Alex Sager - 2012 - In David Rondel & Alex Sager (eds.), Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will: The Political Philosophy of Kai Nielsen. Calgary, AB, Canada: pp. 401-435.
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    Rawls and the Metaphysical Tradition.David Rondel - 2004 - South African Journal of Philosophy 23 (2):134-47.
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    Raz on Authority and Democracy.David Rondel - 2012 - Dialogue 51 (2):211-230.
    ABSTRACT: I argue that Joseph Raz’s service conception of authority cannot convincingly account for the nature and source of democratic authority. It cannot explain why decisions made democratically are more likely to be sound than decisions made non-democratically, and therefore, why democratic decisions might be understood as constituting moral reasons for action and compliance independently of their instrumental dimensions. My argument is that democratic authority cannot be explained completely in terms of the truth or soundness of the outcomes it tends (...)
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  28. Review of G.A. Cohen's Rescuing Justice and Equality. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2010 - Review of Metaphysics 64 (1):137-139.
  29. Review of Alex Zakaras, Individuality and Mass Democracy: Mill, Emerson, and the Burdens of Citizenship. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2010 - Review of Politics 72 (4):738-740.
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    Review of Pragmatism, Law, and Language. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2014 - Law and Philosophy 33 (5):683-688.
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    Review of The Cambridge Companion to Pragmatism. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2014 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews: 2014.08.18.
    This book, one of the most recent in Cambridge University Press's large and growing companion series, provides a well-rounded overview of American pragmatism's beginnings, its "revival" in the mid to late twentieth century, and some of the ways in which it might be "put to work" in addressing questions about aesthetics, politics, religion, law, and education. -/- The volume begins with an introduction by editor Alan Malachowski, which helpfully sets out American pragmatism's "orientation," a few of its guiding themes, along (...)
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    Richard Rorty on the American Left in the Era of Trump.David Rondel - 2018 - Contemporary Pragmatism 15 (2):194-210.
    This paper revisits some of the arguments in Richard Rorty’s Achieving Our Country, twenty years after the book first appeared. Not only are many of Rorty’s diagnoses and predictions eerily prescient in the wake of the rise of Donald Trump to the US presidency, but there is also perceptive political advice in Rorty’s book that I argue the contemporary American Left would do well to heed. While many post-election commentators have tended to read Achieving Our Country as an admonishment of (...)
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    Semiotic Limits to Markets Defended.David Rondel - forthcoming - Philosophia:1-16.
    Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski argue in recent work that “semiotic” or “symbolic” objections to markets are unsuccessful. I counter-argue that there are indeed some semiotic limits on markets and that anti-commodification theorists are not merely expressing disgust when they disapprove of markets in certain goods on those grounds. One central argument is that, contrary to what Brennan and Jaworski claim, semiotic arguments against markets do not depend fundamentally on meanings that prevail about markets. Rather, they depend on the meanings (...)
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  34. The Cambridge Companion to Rorty.David Rondel (ed.) - 2021 - Cambridge University Press.
    This Companion provides a systematic introductory overview of Richard Rorty's philosophy. With chapters from an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars, the volume addresses virtually every aspect of Rorty's thought, from his philosophical views on truth and representation and his youthful obsession with wild orchids to his ruminations on the contemporary American Left and his prescient warning about the election of Donald Trump. Other topics covered include his various assessments of classical American pragmatism, feminism, liberalism, religion, literature, and philosophy itself. Sympathetic (...)
     
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    The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2014 - Education and Culture 30 (2):103-105.
    The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey: Reflections on Aesthetics, Morality, Science, and Society gathers selected and revised essays from a conference at the University of Opole in Poland. The conference, held in June 2009, marked the anniversary of John Dewey’s 150th birthday, and pursued as its stated theme: “John Dewey in the context of American and European Values.” The volume begins with an introduction by Larry Hickman, one of John Dewey’s most committed and energetic champions. The rest of the volume’s (...)
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    The Idea of Justice Amartya Sen Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 2009, 496 Pp. ISBN-13: 978-0674036130. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2010 - Dialogue 49 (1):165-168.
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    The Idea of Justice. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2010 - Dialogue 49 (1):165-168.
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  38. The Moral Consequences of the End of Art.David Rondel - 2014 - In Vladimir Marchenkov (ed.), Between Histories: Art's Dilemmas and Trajectories. Hampton Press. pp. 13-24.
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    William James and the Metaphilosophy of Individualism.David Rondel - forthcoming - Metaphilosophy.
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  40. Introduction: Perspectives on Pragmatism and Justice.Dieleman Susan, David Rondel & Cristopher Voparil - 2017 - In Susan Dieleman, David Rondel & Christopher Voparil (eds.), Pragmatism and Justice. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 1-17.
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  41. An Interview with Richard Rorty.Mario Wenning, Alex Livingston & David Rondel - 2006 - Gnosis 8 (1):54-59.