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Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature:
Thirtieth-Anniversary Edition
Richard Rorty
With a new introduction by Michael Williams, a new afterword by David Bromwich, and the previously unpublished essay "The Philosopher as Expert"

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction to the Thirtieth-Anniversary Edition xiii
Preface xxxi
Introduction 3

Part one: Our Glassy Essense 15
Chapter I: The Invention of the Mind 17
1. Criteria of the Mental 17
2. The Functional, the Phenomenal, and the Immaterial 22
3. The Diversity of Mind-Body Problems 32
4. Mind as the Grasp of Universals 38
5. Ability to Exist Separately from the Body 45
6. Dualism and "Mind-Stuff" 61

Chapter II: Persons Without Minds 70
1. The Antipodeans 70
2. Phenomenal Properties 78
3. Incorrigibility and Raw Feels 88
4. Behaviorism 98
5. Skepticism about Other Minds 107
6. Materialism without Mind-Body Identity 114
7. Epistemology and "The Philosophy of Mind" 125

Part Two: Mirroring 129
Chapter III: The Idea of a "Theory of Knowledge" 131
1. Epistemology and Philosophy's Self-Image 131
2. Locke's Confusion of Explanation with Justification 139
3. Kant's Confusion of Predication with Synthesis 148
4. Knowledge as Needing "Foundations" 155

Chapter IV: Privileged Representations 165
1. Apodictic Truth, Privileged Representations, and Analytic Philosophy 165
2. Epistemological Behaviorism 173
3. Pre-linguistic Awareness 182
4. The "'Idea' Idea" 192
5. Epistemological Behaviorism, Psychological Behaviorism, and Language 209

Chapter v: Epistemology and Empirical Psychology 213
1. Suspicions about Psychology 213
2. The Unnaturalness of Epistemology 221
3. Psychological States as Genuine Explanations 230
4. Psychological States as Representations 244

Chapter vi: Epistemology and Philosophy of Language 257
1. Pure and Impure Philosophy of Language 257
2. What were our Ancestors Talking About? 266
3. Idealism 273
4. Reference 284
5. Truth Without Mirrors 295
6. Truth, Goodness, and

Part Three: Philosophy 313
Chapter VII: From Epistemology to Hermeneutics 315
1. Commensuration and Conversation 315
2. Kuhn and Incommensurability 322
3. Objectivity as Correspondence and as Agreement 333
4. Spirit and Nature 343

Chapter VIII: Philosophy Without Mirrors 357
1. Hermeneutics and Edification 357
2. Systematic Philosophy and Edifying Philosophy 365
3. Edification, Relativism, and Objective Truth 373
4. Edification and Naturalism 379
5. Philosophy in the Conversation of Mankind 389

The Philosopher as Expert 395
Afterword: Remembering Richard Rorty 423
Index 433

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