Richard Rorty
'How to Win a Cosmic War' by Reza Aslan

How to Win a Cosmic War God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror Reza Aslan Random House: 232 pp., $26 In the essay "Movements and Campaigns," a tribute to the literary critic Irving Howe, the late philosopher Richard Rorty wrote that Howe's take on literary and artistic modernism was true of any political movement: "namely, that it 'must always struggle but never quite triumph, and then, after a time, must struggle in order not to triumph.' If the passion of the infinite were to triumph," Rorty explains, "it would betray itself by revealing itself to have been merely a passion for something finite." A "campaign," in...