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Classical American Pragmatism : Its Contemporary Vitality

Classical American Pragmatism : Its Contemporary Vitality - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0252067600

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ISBN13: 978-0252067600
ISBN10: 0252067606
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Published: 1999
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Classical American Pragmatism : Its Contemporary Vitality - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0252067600

Sandra B. Rosenthal, Carl Hausman and Douglas Eds. Anderson

ISBN13: 978-0252067600
ISBN10: 0252067606
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

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 reconception 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 favor 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 center of contemporary life. This volume is an invaluable introduction to a school of thought that remains vital, instructive, and provocative.


Author Bio

Rosenthal, Sandra B. : Loyola University

SANDRA B. ROSENTHAL, a professor of philosophy at Loyola University, New Orleans, is the author of Speculative Pragmatism and other books.

Hausman, Carl R. : Penn State University

CARL R. HAUSMAN, emeritus professor of philosophy at Penn State University, is the author of Charles Peirce's Evolutionary Philosophy and other books.

Anderson, Douglas R. : Penn State University

DOUGLAS R. ANDERSON, an associate professor of philosophy at Penn State University, is the author of two books, including Strands of System: The Philosophy of Charles Peirce.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
List of Abbreviations xi

Introduction 1

John E. Smith


Part 1: the centrality of practice

1. Peirce's Guess at the Riddle of Rationality: Deliberative Imagination as the Personal Locus of Human Practice 15
Vincent Colapietro

2. William James's Pragmatism: Purpose, Practice, and Pluralism 31
John J. Stuhr

3. From the Biological to the Logical: John Dewey's Logic as a Theory of Inquiry 45
Raymond Boisvert

4. Mead: Behavior and the Perceived World 59
Sandra B. Rosenthal


Part 2: the signicance of social life

5. Peirce: Inquiry as Social Life 75
John Lachs

6. James: Sympathetic Apprehension of the Point of View of the Other 85
Charlene Haddock Seigfried

7. Dewey: Pragmatic Technology and Community Life 99
Larry A. Hickman

8. Mead: Social Experience and the Individual 120
Mitchell Aboulaa


Part 3: Quality, value, and normative conditions

9. Peirce: Ethics and the Conduct of Life 137
Douglas R. Anderson

10. James: Religion and Individuality 146
Eugene Fontinell

11. John Dewey and the Aesthetics of Human Experience 160
Thomas M. Alexander

12. Mead: The Nature of Rights 174
Beth J. Singer


Part 4: Creativity, experience, and the world

13. Evolutionary Realism and Charles Peirce's Pragmatism 193
Carl R. Hausman

14. James: Experience and Creative Growth 209
Kelly A. Parker

15. Dewey: Creative Intelligence and Emergent Reality 224
James Gouinlock

16. Mead: The Many Faces of Processive Creativity 237
Gary A. Cook


Contributors 249

Index 253

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