The Pragmatism Reader

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  • Copyright: 2011-03-21
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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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

Author Biography

Robert B. Talisse is professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His books include A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Charles S. Peirce
Some Consequences Of Four Incapacitiesp. 12
The Fixation Of Beliefp. 37
How To Make Our Ideas Clearp. 50
William James
Philosophical Conceptions And Practical Resultsp. 66
Pragmatisms Conception Of Truthp. 79
The Will To Believep. 92
John Dewey
The Need For A Recovery Of Philosophyp. 109
The Influence Of Darwinism On Philosophyp. 141
Creative Democracy The Task Before Usp. 150
Sidney Hook
The Democratic Way Of Lifep. 155
C. I. Lewis
A Pragmatic Conception Of The A Priorip. 166
Nelson Goodman
Words, Works, Worldsp. 174
The New Riddle Of Inductionp. 188
W.V.O. Quine
Two Dogmas Of Empiricismp. 202
On What There Isp. 221
Natural Kindsp. 234
Rudolf Carnap
Empiricism, Semantics, And Ontologyp. 249
Wilfrid Sellars
Language As Thought And Communicationp. 265
Donald Davidson
On The Very Idea Of A Conceptual Schemep. 286
Hilary Putnam
Meaning and Referencep. 299
Realism with A Human Facep. 309
A Reconsideration Of Deweyan Democracy
Richard Rortyp. 353
The World Well Lostp. 353
Solidarity Or Objectivity?p. 367
The Priority Of Democracy To Philosophyp. 381
Cornel Westp. 403
Dispensing With Metaphysics In Religious Thoughtp. 403
Susan Haack
Double Aspect Found Herentism: New Theory Of Empirical Justificationp. 407
Richard A. Posner
Pragmatic Adjudicationp. 423
Robert Brandom
From Truth to Semantics; A Path Through Making It Explictp. 440
Huw Price
Truth As A Convenient Frictionp. 451
Cheryl Misak
Making Disagreement Matter: Pragmatism And Deliberative Democracyp. 471
Creditsp. 485
Indexp. 487
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