Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots of American Philosophy

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Indiana University Press, Apr 1, 2002 - Philosophy - 336 pages
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Pragmatism is America's most distinctive philosophy. Generally it has been understood as a development of European thought in response to the "American wilderness." A closer examination, however, reveals that the roots and central commitments of pragmatism are indigenous to North America. Native Pragmatism recovers this history and thus provides the means to re-conceive the scope and potential of American philosophy. Pragmatism has been at best only partially understood by those who focus on its European antecedents. This book casts new light on pragmatism's complex origins and demands a rethinking of African American and feminist thought in the context of the American philosophical tradition. Scott L. Pratt demonstrates that pragmatism and its development involved the work of many thinkers previously overlooked in the history of philosophy.

 

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Contents

The Problem of Origins
1
American Pragmatism
17
The Colonial Attitude
39
American Progress
56
The Indigenous Attitude
78
Welcoming the Cannibals
107
The Logic of Place
133
This Very Ground
163
Science and Sovereignty
189
The Logic of Home
216
Feminism and Pragmatism
244
The Legacy of Natlve American Thought
272
References
291
Index
305
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Scott L. Pratt is Associate Professor of Philosophy and head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Oregon. He received his B. A. in philosophy from Beloit College (Wisconsin) and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He teaches American Philosophy and the history of Modern European Philosophy, and is co-editor of American Philosophies: An Anthology and The Philosophical Writings of Cadwallader Colden.

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