Christopher J. Voparil is on the Graduate Faculty of Union Institute & University, where he teaches philosophy and political theory. He is the co-editor (with Richard J. Bernstein) of The Rorty Reader, and author of Richard Rorty: Politics and Vision, and articles in Contemporary Pragmatism, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and Education and Culture. He is currently Secretary of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. In this interview, Chris talks about the philosophy and politics of Richard Rorty and why they are relevant today.
Philosopher’s Eye: Why did you decide to edit The Rorty Reader?
Chris Voparil: The original idea was mostly about accessibility. Most of Rorty’s work is widely available, but I would hear often from colleagues who wanted to teach Rorty about the challenges associated with his work being spread across so many volumes. He wrote stand-alone books, like Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity and Achieving Our Country. But most of his collections of philosophical papers are grouped by time period Continue reading “Interview: The Rorty Reader”