American Modern: The Path Not Taken : Aesthetics, Metaphysics, and Intellectual History in Classic American Philosophy

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1996 - Philosophy - 223 pages
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Written in the American tradition, American Modern: The Path Not Taken describes how four major American thinkers practiced philosophy non-reductively by incorporating the arts and other human activities. Tejera provides a detailed analysis of Peirce, Dewey, Santayana, and Buchler, showing that the importance they placed on the human can cure what is missing in recent philosophy. American Modern will interest philosophers, historians of philosophy, and scholars of American intellectual history.
 

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Contents

Peirces Semiotic Philosophy A Methodeutic of Art and Science
1
ii The Subject Matter of Metaphysics
3
iii Peirce and the Discourse of Metaphysics
8
iv Peirces Dialogism
9
v Aesthetics Ethics and Logic as Semeiotic
11
vi Peirces Theory of Signs and the Practice of Philosophy
16
vii The Continuity between Art and Science Speculative Alternatives to Dualism Positivism
18
Deweys Philosophy of Culture
31
v Epiphenomenalism and the Realm of Truth
100
Buchlers Metaphysics The Dimensions of Reflective Activity
117
ii Proception and the Human Process
121
iii Query and the Metaphysics of Natural Complexes
133
iv Possibility Actuality and Buchlers Ordinal Category Set as Metaphysics
140
v Buchlers Metaphysical Distinctions as a CategorySet
147
Letter from J Buchler to B Singer Dated 32372
153
American Philosophic Historiography
163

ii The US Constitution and Deweys Philosophy of Social Process
35
iii Deweys Naturalistic Metaphysics
40
iv The Nature of Communication in Deweys Philosophy
49
v The Importance of Art
53
Philosophy as a Spiritual Discipline in Santayana Aesthetics Metaphysics and Intellectual History
79
ii The Pursuit of Ideal Meanings
83
A Monumental Protreptic Meditation
85
iv The Realms of Being the Sense of Life and the Reason for Art
87
ii Royce on Interpretation Community and History
170
iii Herbert Schneider on the History of Philosophy
176
iv Randall on the Philosophic Use of Intellectual History
183
v GH Meads Experimentalist View of the Past
194
Index
215
About the Author
223
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Victorino Tejera is emeritus university professor of humanities at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. His previous works include City-State Foundations of Western Political Thought, Nietzsche and Greek Thought, Semiotics from Peirce to Barthes, and History and Anti-History in Philosophy.

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