The iconic status he achieved is difficult now to understand. The frisson of postmodernism in its early days had something to do with, as did Rorty’s claim to be the last true heir of the American pragmatist tradition, the mantle falling to him from the shoulders of John Dewey. But he had a mind of enormous capability and energy, and he was always worth reading.
That’s not something that can be said of many. He will be missed.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Joseph Bottum on the death of Richard Rorty: