Early Defenders of Pragmatism: An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge. Truth and reality, Volume 2

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A&C Black, Mar 15, 2001 - Philosophy - 364 pages
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The Foundations of Pragmatism in American Thought Series offers two sets of volumes containing the most significant defenses and critiques of pragmatism written before World War I: the Early Defenders of Pragmatism and Early Critics of Pragmatism. This, the first collection, Early Defenders, provides key texts for understanding the context of pragmatism's years of greatest vitality.

The early defenders were products of pragmatism's three cradles. H. Heath Bawden was a graduate of the Chicago philosophy department, having studied with John Dewey and George Mead. John E. Boodin and Horace M. Kallen earned their Ph.Ds with William James and Josiah Royce at Harvard. D. L. Murray and Howard V. Knox were independent scholars and writers inspired by F. C. S. Schiller's humanistic pragmatism at Oxford. This collection brings together the central texts of the movement along with a representative selection of the secondary texts, reviews and responses, they elicited. Each volume features a newly-commissioned introduction by a leading scholar of American pragmatism.

--five central texts reproduced in facsimile, accompanied by the main responses and replies, reset in new typography
--scattered and scarce works available together for the first time
--new introductions to each volume by leading scholars of American pragmatism


  

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Contents

CHAPTER PAGB I INTRODUCTION
1
THE GENERAL FUNCTION OF CoNscioosNE3s
8
HABIT
25
PERSONALITY AND CONTINUITY
32
WILL
41
WILLcontinued
49
UTILITY AND THE SURVIVAL OF BELIEFS
67
BELIEF AND VALUE
75
THE PRACTICAL VALUE OF THEORY AND THE THEORETIC VALUE OF PRACTICE
94
The Evolution of Truth
1
Knox William James and his Philosophy
25
William McDougall Review of Knox The Philosophy
41
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Mark G. Spencer is associate professor in the Department of History at Brock University, ON. He teaches courses on colonial and early U.S. history and the history of ideas in the Atlantic world, including the early U.S. history survey and upper-level and graduate courses on the American Enlightenment and American Revolution. His current research projects include a SSHRC-supported volume on David Hume as historian (contracted with Penn State University Press) and work on the American Enlightenment.

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