Richard Rorty has died. The pragmatist philosopher was one of the most prominent American philosophers of the past several decades. A relativist (in the sense that he did not think that the systems of thought of any historical or cultural context could be conclusively shown superior to others) without being a nihilist, attacked by critics on the left and right, he was an important proponent of liberal democracy and the possibilities of critical and moral judgement. Above all, he was an always engaging thinker.
This link is to an obituary in the New York Times: