Achieving Our Country

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Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America is a 1998 book by American philosopher Richard Rorty, in which the author differentiates between what he sees as the two sides of the left, a cultural left and a reformist left. He criticizes the cultural left, which is exemplified by post-structuralists such as Michel Foucault and post-modernists such as Jean-François Lyotard. Although these intellectuals make insightful claims about the ills of society, Rorty holds that they provide no alternatives and even present progress as problematic at times. On the other hand, the progressive left, exemplified for Rorty by John Dewey, makes progress its priority in its goal of "achieving our country." Rorty sees the reformist left as acting in the philosophical spirit of pragmatism.

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Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America
AuthorRichard Rorty
Cover artistLouis Lozowick
CountryUnited States
SeriesMassey Lectures
SubjectPolitics of the United States
PublisherHarvard University Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
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LC ClassHN90.R3 R636 1998