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Big business is no business of ours. But how mysterious and delightful are its workings. See, for example, the proposed merger between two of the corporate giants of American publishing – Penguin Random House and Simon and Schuster – and the legal and literary problems it has exposed. The name of the first of those … Read more

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Richard Rorty’s reputation as a thinker has fluctuated more rapidly and more wildly than most. His rise, from the anthology The Linguistic Turn (1967) through his early masterwork Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979) to Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989) was meteoric, at least as these things go. He scored MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships. … Read more