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Princeton University, 1961–1965

in Richard Rorty

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780226309903
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309910 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226309910.003.0008
Princeton University, 1961–1965

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In light of the fact that the value of his Yale education had effectively diminished in an increasingly analytic disciplinary marketplace, Richard Rorty—though attracted to Yale University's pluralism—may have been of the opinion that the job was a step down from his current one, that the prospects for tenure at Yale were even slimmer than they were at Princeton University, and that John Smith, with his dismissive reference to au courant movements in philosophy, was betraying his own incapacities. These points could not be expressed to Smith, who would have reacted badly to the charge that Yale was no longer at the philosophical forefront, so Rorty, a few days later, politely glossed his decision as being “either as the result of a cowardly search for security or as a result of the exercise of phronesis.”

Keywords: Richard Rorty; Yale University; education; pluralism; Princeton University; John Smith; philosophy

Chapter.  10652 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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