Pragmatism, Old and New: Selected Writings

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Susan Haack
Prometheus Books, 2006 - Philosophy - 741 pages
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The most likely use for Haack's volume will be in introductory pragmatism courses and it is eminently appropriate for this task. However, others who would wish to speak out about pragmatism authoritatively would do well to go through the book from cover to cover. Outside of philosophy, the volume provides an introduction to a vital aspect of what philosophy has to offer to other disciplines, psychology among them....it is hard to think what could have been done to improve upon the collection.-MetapsychologyMorris R. Cohen once described pragmatism as a philosophy for people who cannot think; and Bertrand Russell feared that pragmatism would lead philosophy into cosmic impiety. Nothing could be further from the truth. Pragmatism was one of the most fruitful philosophical movements of the late nineteenth century, and has continued to be a significant influence on some of the major figures in philosophy - F. P. Ramsey, W. V. Quine, Sidney Hook, Nelson Goodman, Hilary Putnam, and many others.Today some even speak of a remarkable renaissance of pragmatism. Very often, though, what they have in mind is not the rich heritage of the classical pragmatist tradition, but a radical self-styled neo-pragmatism that has of late transmuted the reformist aspirations of classical pragmatism into a kind of revolutionary anti-intellectualism - a radical neo-pragmatism that seems to confirm Russell's worst fears.Asking what we can learn from the older pragmatist tradition, and what we can salvage from the intellectual shipwreck of the new, Susan Haack, with the assistance of Robert Lane, has put together a wide-ranging anthology that tells the story of the evolution of pragmatism from its origins in C. S. Peirce's hopes of making philosophy more scientific and William James's of unstiffening our theories, to the radical literary-political neo-pragmatism recently popularized by Richard Rorty. Opening with a history of pragmatism from its inception to the present day, and closing with Haack's famous interview with Peirce and Rorty, the book presents a broad and diverse selection of pragmatist writings - classical and contemporary, reformist and revolutionary - on logic, metaphysics, theory of inquiry, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, philosophy of education, and moral, social, and political philosophy.Susan Haack (Coral Gables, FL) is Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, professor of philosophy, and professor of law at the University of Miami. She is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books including Defending Science-Within Reason; Philosophy of Logics; Evidence and Inquiry; Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism; and Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays.Robert Lane (Carrolton, GA) is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of West Georgia. He has published on American philosophy, the history of logic, and ethics.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Naturalism and First Principles
14
Some Consequences of Four Incapacities
58
The Fixation of Belief
107
How to Make Our Ideas Clear
127
Pragmatism and Pragmaticism
151
The Backward State of Metaphysics
169
On the Strengthened Liar
209
Art as Experience
423
Common Sense and Scientific Inquiry
443
Mind Self and Society
465
The Making of Truth
487
Belief Truth and Inference
511
Sidney Hook
529
An Untenable Dualism
559
Natural Kinds
575

The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life
247
The Present Dilemma in Philosophy
273
What Pragmatism Means
289
Pragmatisms Conception of Truth
308
School Conditions and the Training of Thought
331
Truth and Consequences
341
Philosophy and Democracy
363
The Quest for Certainty
379
The Construction of Good
395
Words Works Worlds
599
Is There Still Anything to Say about Reality and Truth?
621
Pragmatism Relativism and Irrationalism
635
Pragmatism as AntiAuthoritarianism
657
We Pragmatists Peirce and Rorty
675
Glossary
697
Index
707
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Susan Haack (Coral Gables, FL) is Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, professor of philosophy, and professor of law at the University of Miami. She is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books including Defending Science-Within Reason; Philosophy of Logics; Evidence and Inquiry; Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism; and Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays.Robert Lane (Carrolton, GA) is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of West Georgia. He has published on American philosophy, the history of logic, and ethics.

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