This morning I finished this book. I agree with the Amazon customer's brief review. http://www.amazon.com/Return-Philosophy ... 965&sr=1-1
and also with this paragraph from the publisher:
"While granting that philosophy must use a somewhat specialized language, Molnar attacks jargon-laden thought by tracing certain root assumptions that go deeper than the issue of language itself. He locates these assumptions in the work of philosophers who, espousing modernity, no longer trust the "reality of the real," and are convinced that the world and our perception of it are elusive, offering no foundation except in the human mind which, however, is also the result of a "social contract," a temporary consensus or transient network of meanings readily discardable. According to changing ideologies and social structures we use "signs" linguistic, psychological, hermeneutical, structuralist, existentialist not to express reality but to establish communication with others. Philosophy, then, shifts from the task of knowing reality to the task of communicating here and now." http://www.transactionpub.com/cgi-bin/t ... &2D251&2D4
The last sentence above prompts me to think that it describes Richard Rorty's legacy: no substance, just some past "conversation". Today recently deceased philosophers are quickly forgotten.