The first time I read Richard Rorty’s Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity – it
was 1999 and I was a sophomore in the Faculty of Philosophy at the
University of Rome – I clearly felt that I was reading one of the most
influential books in contemporary philosophy: not surprisingly,
nobody on the stuffy Italian philosophical scene was talking about it.
With its at once light-hearted and corrosive irony against philosophers’
egotism, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity changed the way I looked at
philosophy both as a discipline and as a faculty.
Traditional ceremonies and spiritual practices... are precious gifts given to Indian
people by the Creator. These sacred ways have enabled us as Indian people to
survive –miraculously – the onslaught of five centuries of continuous effort by non-
Indians and their government to exterminate us by extinguishing all traces of our
traditional ways of life.