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The Pragmatism Readeris the essential anthology of this important philosophical movement. Each selection featured here is a key writing by a leading pragmatist thinker, and represents a distinctively pragmatist approach to a core philosophical problem. The collection includes work by pragmatism's founders, Charles Peirce, William James, and John Dewey, as well as seminal writings by mid-twentieth-century pragmatists such as Sidney Hook, C. I. Lewis, Nelson Goodman, Rudolf Carnap, Wilfrid Sellars, and W.V.O. Quine. This reader also includes the most important work in contemporary pragmatism by philosophers like Susan Haack, Cornel West, Hilary Putnam, Richard Rorty, Cheryl Misak, and Robert Brandom. Each selection is a stand-alone piece--not an excerpt or book chapter--and each is presented fully unabridged. The Pragmatism Readerchallenges the notion that pragmatism fell into a midcentury decline and was dormant until the advent of "neopragmatism" in the 1980s. This comprehensive anthology reveals a rich and highly influential tradition running unbroken through twentieth-century philosophy and continuing today. It shows how American pragmatist philosophers have contributed to leading philosophical debates about truth, meaning, knowledge, experience, belief, existence, justification, and freedom. Covers pragmatist philosophy from its origins to today Features key writings by the leading pragmatist thinkers Demonstrates the continuity and enduring influence of pragmatism Challenges prevailing notions about pragmatism Includes only stand-alone pieces, completely unabridged Reflects the full range of pragmatist themes, arguments, concerns, and commitments
Robert B. Talisse is professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His books include A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy.
Table of Contents
|Charles S. Peirce|
|Some Consequences Of Four Incapacities||p. 12|
|The Fixation Of Belief||p. 37|
|How To Make Our Ideas Clear||p. 50|
|Philosophical Conceptions And Practical Results||p. 66|
|Pragmatisms Conception Of Truth||p. 79|
|The Will To Believe||p. 92|
|The Need For A Recovery Of Philosophy||p. 109|
|The Influence Of Darwinism On Philosophy||p. 141|
|Creative Democracy The Task Before Us||p. 150|
|The Democratic Way Of Life||p. 155|
|C. I. Lewis|
|A Pragmatic Conception Of The A Priori||p. 166|
|Words, Works, Worlds||p. 174|
|The New Riddle Of Induction||p. 188|
|Two Dogmas Of Empiricism||p. 202|
|On What There Is||p. 221|
|Natural Kinds||p. 234|
|Empiricism, Semantics, And Ontology||p. 249|
|Language As Thought And Communication||p. 265|
|On The Very Idea Of A Conceptual Scheme||p. 286|
|Meaning and Reference||p. 299|
|Realism with A Human Face||p. 309|
|A Reconsideration Of Deweyan Democracy|
|Richard Rorty||p. 353|
|The World Well Lost||p. 353|
|Solidarity Or Objectivity?||p. 367|
|The Priority Of Democracy To Philosophy||p. 381|
|Cornel West||p. 403|
|Dispensing With Metaphysics In Religious Thought||p. 403|
|Double Aspect Found Herentism: New Theory Of Empirical Justification||p. 407|
|Richard A. Posner|
|Pragmatic Adjudication||p. 423|
|From Truth to Semantics; A Path Through Making It Explict||p. 440|
|Truth As A Convenient Friction||p. 451|
|Making Disagreement Matter: Pragmatism And Deliberative Democracy||p. 471|
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