Richard Rorty (1931-2007) was a pragmatist philosopher, critical theorist, and public intellectual. This collection comprises
manuscripts, teaching files, professional correspondence, research notes, biographical material, and ephemera. It also includes
some family papers and correspondence, as well as writings dating to his youth. The collection includes digital files transferred
from Rorty's computer disks and made available to researchers electronically.
Richard McKay Rorty (1931-2007) is commonly described as one of the most influential thinkers of his era. A philosopher with
a remarkably broad intellectual range, his work included the development of a distinctive brand of pragmatism as well as significant
contributions to literary criticism, political theory, and other scholarly fields. He was also a public intellectual, writing
for such publications as
The Nation and
24.3 linear feet
(61 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
The collection is open for research, with the exception of some materials relating to students in Series 5, Teaching files.
Restrictions on the earliest of these student records will be lifted beginning in 2033.