Classical American Pragmatism: Its Contemporary Vitality

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Sandra B. Rosenthal, Carl R. Hausman, Douglas R. Anderson
University of Illinois Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 263 pages
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This collection provides a thorough grounding in the philosophy of American pragmatism by examining the views of four principal thinkers - Charles S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and George Herbert Mead - on issues of central and enduring importance to life in human society. Pragmatism emerged as a characteristically American response to an inheritance of British empiricism. Presenting a radical re-conception of the nature of experience, pragmatism represents a belief that ideas are not merely to be contemplated but must be put into action, tested and refined through experience. At the same time, the American pragmatists argued for an emphasis on human community that would offset the deep-seated American bias in favour of individualism. Far from being a relic of the past, pragmatism offers a dynamic and substantive approach to questions of human conduct, social values, scientific inquiry, religious belief, and aesthetic experience that lie at the centre of contemporary life. This volume is an invaluable introduction to a school of thought that remains vital, instructive, and provocative.
  

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Contents

Peirces Guess at the Riddle of Rationality Deliberative Imagination as the Personal Locus of Human Practice
15
William Jamess Pragmatism Purpose Practice and Pluralism
31
From the Biological to the Logical John Deweys Logic as a Theory of Inquiry
45
Mead Behavior and the Perceived World
59
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SOCIAL LIFE
73
Peirce Inquiry as Social Life
75
James Sympathetic Apprehension of the Point of View of the Other
85
Dewey Pragmatic Technology and Community Life
99
James Religion and Individuality
146
John Dewey and the Aesthetics of Human Existence
160
Mead The Nature of Rights
174
CREATIVITY EXPERIENCE AND THE WORLD
191
Evolutionary Realism and Charles Peirces Pragmatism
193
James Experience and Creative Growth
209
Dewey Creative Intelligence and Emergent Reality
224
Mead The Many Faces of Processive Creativity
237

Mead Social Experience and the Individual
120
QUALITY VALUE AND NORMATIVE CONDITIONS
135
Peirce Ethics and the Conduct of Life
137
Contributors
249
Index
253
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About the author (1999)

Rosenthal received her PhD from Tulane University and is a professor of philosophy at Loyola University, New Orleans.

Hausman is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and a Fellow of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

Anderson is an associate professor of philosophy at Pennsylvania State University.

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