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Richard McKay Rorty
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Philosopher
    (October 4, 1931-June 8, 2007)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Attended University of Chicago (1946-1952)
    Attended Yale (1952-1956)
    Taught at Wellesley College (1958-1961), Princeton University (1961-1982), University of Virginia (1982-1997), and Stanford University (1997-)
    Wrote ‘The Linguistic Turn’ (1967), ‘Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature’ (1979), ‘Contingency, irony, and solidarity’ (1989), ‘Essays on Heidegger and Others: Philosophical Papers’ (1991), ‘Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers’ (1998), and ‘Achieving our Country’ (1998)
    Coined the term ‘ironism’, which is used to describe a person who always doubts about the ideas he or she always uses, thinks that the same ideas won’t eliminate any doubts, and thinks the same ideas again are more associated with a power rather than one self
    He was a postmodernist philosopher.
    Early on, he was into Marxism.
    He was enrolled at the University of Chicago a few days before his fifteenth birthday.
    He said that science can’t depict the world.
    He believed that sentences and beliefs are neither true nor false, but just useful.
    He regarded fellow postmodernists like Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida as ‘ironists’.
    He outgrew the Marxist ideas he learned earlier.
    Though a liberal, his ideas are criticized by left-wing politicians because they thought that he didn’t provide enough foundations for social justice.
    He considered liberal democracy to be the best kind of government ever established for society.

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