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A Companion to Pragmatism

John R. Shook (Editor), Joseph Margolis (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-1621-3
448 pages
January 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Pragmatism, comprised of 38 newly commissioned essays, provides comprehensive coverage of one of the most vibrant and exciting fields of philosophy today.

  • Unique in depth and coverage of classical figures and their philosophies as well as pragmatism as a living force in philosophy.
  • Chapters include discussions on philosophers such as John Dewey, Jürgen Habermas and Hilary Putnam.
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List of Contributors.


Notes on Abbreviations.

Introduction: Pragmatism, Retrospective, and Prospective: Joseph Margolis (Temple University).

Section I: Major Figures.

1. Charles Sanders Peirce: Vincent Colapietro (Pennsylvania State University).

2. William James: Ellen Kappy Suckiel (University of California, Santa Cruz).

3. F. C. S. Schiller and European Pragmatists: John Shook (Oklahoma State University).

4. John Dewey: Philip W. Jackson (University of Chicago).

5. George H. Mead: Gary Cook (Beloit College).

6. Jane Addams: Marilyn Fischer (University of Dayton).

7. Alain Locke: Leonard Harris (Purdue University).

8. C. I. Lewis: Murray Murphey (University of Pennsylvania).

9. W. V. Quine: Roger Gibson (Washington University).

10. Hilary Putnam: Harvey Cormier (SUNY at Stony Brook).

11. Jurgen Habermas: Joseph Heath (University of Toronto).

12. Richard Rorty: Kai Nielsen (Concordia University).

Section II: Transforming Philosophy.

13. Not Cynicism, but Synechism: Lessons From Peirce: Susan Haack (University of Miami).

14. Peirce and Cartesian Rationalism: Douglas Anderson (Pennsylvania State University).

15. James, Empiricism, and Absolute Idealism: Timothy Sprigge (University of Edinburgh).

16. Hegel and Realism: Kenneth Westphal (University of East Anglia).

17. Dewey, Dualism, and Naturalism: Tom Alexander (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale).

18. Expressivism and Mead's Social Self: Mitchell Aboulafia (Pennsylvania State University).

19. Marxism and Critical Theory: Paulo Ghiraldelli, Jr. (Santa Marcelina College of Arts, Brazil).

20. Philosophical Hermeneutics: David Vessey (University of Chicago).

21. Analytic Philosophy: Bj?rn T. Ramberg (University of Oslo).

22. Feminism: Shannon Sullivan (Pennsylvania State University).

23. Pluralism, Relativism, and Historicism: Joseph Margolis (Temple University).

24. Experience as Freedom: John McDermott (Texas A&M University).

Section III: Culture and Nature.

25. Pragmatism as Anti-Authoritarianism: Richard Rorty (Stanford University).

26. Intelligence and Ethics: Hilary Putnam (Harvard University).

27. Democracy and Value Inquiry: Ruth Anna Putnam (Wellesley College).

28. Liberal Democracy: Robert Westbrook (University of Rochester).

29. Pluralism and Deliberative Democracy: Judith Green (Fordham University).

30. Philosophy as Education: Jim Garrison (Virginia Tech University).

31. Creativity and Society: Hans Joas (Universitat Erfurt) and Erkki Kilpinen (University of Helsinki).

32. Religious Empiricism and Naturalism: Nancy Frankenberry (Dartmouth College).

33. Aesthetics: Richard Shusterman (Florida Atlantic University).

34. Aesthetic Experience and the Neurobiology of Inquiry: Jay Schulkin (Georgetown University).

35. Cognitive Science: Mark Johnson (University of Oregon).

36. Inquiry, Deliberation, and Method: Isaac Levi (Columbia University).

37. Pragmatic Idealism and Metaphysical Realism: Nicholas Rescher (University of Pittsburgh).

38. Scientific Realism, Antirealism, and Empiricism: Cheryl Misak (University of Toronto).

Name Index.

Subject Index
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John R. Shook is Vice President for Research and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry, and Research Associate in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo. He is author of Dewey’s Empirical Theory of Knowledge and Reality (2000), editor of Pragmatic Naturalism and Realism (2003), and editor of the Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (2005). He is also co-editor of the journal Contemporary Pragmatism.

Joseph Margolis is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. His recent books include The Flux of History and the Flux of Science (1993), Historied Thought, Constructed World: A Conceptual Primer for the Turn of the Millennium (1995), Interpretation Radical but Not Unruly: The New Puzzle of the Arts and History (1995), and Reinventing Pragmatism: American Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century (2002).

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  • Thirty-eight newly contributed essays provide a comprehensive and current overview of one of the most vibrant and exciting fields of philosophy today
  • Offers unique in-depth coverage of the major figures and their philosophies, among them C.S. Peirce, John Dewey, W.V. Quine, Hilary Putnam and Richard Rorty
  • Includes contributions from some of the most distinguished philosophers alive, some of whom have entries in the book devoted to them
  • Displays pragmatism as a living force in philosophy, producing original thought indebted to the founders
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“This is a strong collection showing the variation in the different lines of thought stemming from the Pragmatists.” (Metapsychology, May 2009)

"The essays, though assuming some acquaintance with the problems and history of philosophy, are clearly written and use a minimum of jargon. A brief but excellent introduction . . . and a good set of subject and name indexes complete the scholarly apparatus. Recommended."(Choice)

“With this volume Margolis, Shook, and their collaborators celebrate the return of pragmatism to center stage of professional philosophy. Its 38 essays provide rich insights into the prospects of pragmatism as a family of methods poised to address twenty-first-century problems. Their volume is truly authoritative: its list of contributors reads like an honor roll of the field.”
–Larry A. Hickman, Southern Illinois University

“This is a splendid collection of articles about the major figures of the pragmatic tradition that also exhibits the vitality and diversity of this living tradition. Essential reading for anyone interested in the rich history, lively present debates, and promising future of pragmatic themes.”
–Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

“Unusually for an encyclopedic account, A Companion to Pragmatism is not afraid to adopt a particular interpretive approach. The introduction draws challenging conclusions about the relative importance of Peirce, James, and Dewey, but both the major figures covered and the themes developed in the book expand far beyond this original triumvirate and demonstrate the vitality and expansiveness of pragmatist philosophy.”
–Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Purdue University

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