Philosophy and the mirror of nature is a 1979 book by american philosopher richard rorty in which the author attempts to dissolve modern philosophical problems instead of solving them by presenting them as pseudo problems that only exist in the language game of epistemological projects culminating in analytic philosophy. When it first appeared in 1979 philosophy and the mirror of nature hit the philosophical world like a bombshell in it richard rorty argued that beginning in the seventeenth century philosophers developed an unhealthy obsession with the notion of representation comparing the mind to a mirror that reflects reality. Philosophy and the mirror of nature hit the philosophical world like a bombshell richard rorty a princeton professor who had contributed to the analytic tradition in philosophy was now attempting to shrug off all the central problems with which it had long been preoccupied. 4 spirit and nature 343 chapter viii philosophy without mirrors 357 1 hermeneutics and edification 357 2 systematic philosophy and edifying philosophy 365 3 edification relativism and objective truth 373 4 edification and naturalism 379 5 philosophy in the conversation of mankind 389 index 395 xi. Philosophy and the mirror of nature is a 1979 work of philosophy by american philosopher richard rorty concerned primarily with epistemology that is what an individual can know and do the book challenges a belief shared by many other contemporary philosophers that human forms of knowledge are able to represent or mirror
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