Included in this sub-collection are born digital drafts of Richard Rorty's writings, created between 1988 and 2003. Writings include essays and articles for scholarly journals and magazines; book chapters; book reviews; conference papers; lectures, speeches and remarks. Some files contain related correspondence. Notes taken in preparation for writing are also included.
Included are drafts of chapters in Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America (1998), which are adaptations of the William E. Massey, Sr., Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University (1997). There also are drafts of lectures given as visiting professor at various universities, such as those delivered at the University of Girona, Catalonia, Spain (1996) under the overall title, "Anti-Authoritarianism in Epistemology and Ethics;" and the Spinoza lectures, delivered at the University of Amsterdam (1997). Many of these lectures as visiting professor were eventually published as well.
Drafts of a few of the papers that were eventually published in Philosophy as Cultural Politics: Philosophical Papers IV (2007) are included, as are many drafts of writings that were published as chapters in anthologies. Among these are responses to interlocutors in Rorty and His Critics (ed. Robert C. Brandom, 2000). There are also drafts of papers delivered at conferences and symposia in Philosophy and other disciplines, as well as invited talks, lectures and speeches delivered at universities and other institutions around the world. There are drafts of many articles that were published in magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. A few translated writings are included, as well as drafts of prefaces and introductions to volumes of writings in translation.
The titles supplied during processing are generally working titles and may differ from the title given to the published work, although some of the writings have never been published. Many files have been supplied with identical titles. This is a result of Rorty having made repeated backups and thereby saving many drafts of his work. Researchers should be aware that files have been electronically de-duplicated; therefore, files with similar titles and dates and that seem to be identical do have, at minimum, slight modifications.
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These digital files are part of the larger collection, the Richard Rorty Papers, which are described in a finding aid in the Online Archive of California. Access to these non-digital materials is provided in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room at the UC Irvine Libraries.
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