Rorty has collected a selection from his vast number of essays under the title Consequences of Pragmatism. Spanning the time range of his work from the early 1970s to the early 1980s, they represent Rorty's development and exposition of his views after he made the sudden turn from analytic philosophy to his anti-essentialist pragmatism. Many of the essays are meant to explain how his view contrasts with the tradition in philosophy he is arguing against, which he identifies as the Cartesian-Kantian one, as well as the analytic philosophical tradition he used to belong to. However, some of the later essays also serve to defend his views against some common criticisms. Also included are essays which compare his views with those of people working or having worked along similar 'counter-tradition' lines, such as of course his inspiration Dewey, but also Heidegger, Foucault, and Cavell. – Contents : – The world well lost; – Keeping philosophy pure; – Overcoming the tradition; – Professionalized philosophy and transcendentalist culture; – Dewey's metaphysics; – Philosophy as a kind of writing; – Is there a problem about fictional discourse?; – Nineteenth-century idealism and twentieth-century textualism; – Pragmatism, relativism, and irrationalism; – Cavell on skepticism; – Method, social science, and social hope; – Philosophy in America today. M.-M. V.