Richard Rorty is influenced by the American pragmatists. He also endorses Wittgenstein’s views about language-games and Quine’s rejection of a sharp distinction between the ‘analytic’ and the ‘synthetic’. He agrees with both philosophers in rejecting the idea that knowledge can be built on foundations, but he goes well beyond their positions. He sometimes calls his variety of pragmatism ‘postmodernism’. It will be instructive to consider it.