Philosopher Richard Rorty Dies at 75

Influential thinker blasted the existence of truth, espoused patriotism
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2007 6:21 AM CDT
Philosopher Richard Rorty Dies at 75
Philosopher Richard Rorty   (Stanford University)

(Newser) – Richard Rorty, a celebrated intellectual whose ponderous body of work spanned the gamuts of philosophy, politics, and literary theory, died of pancreatic cancer Friday, at 75. Rorty was known both as a resplendent thinker and as on old lion of the left. “At 12, I knew that the point of being human was to spend one’s life fighting social injustice,” he wrote.

Rorty's provocative 1979 tract Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature earned him a reputation as the enfant terrible of philosophy for its injunctions to tackle the problems of daily life instead of philosophizing abstractly. After a long academic career capped at Stanford, he passed peacefully in Palo Alto. (Read more Richard Rorty stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.