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Pragmatism: From Progressivism to Postmodernism

Pragmatism: From Progressivism to Postmodernism

by David Depew, Robert Hollinger

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American pragmatism can be best understood against the background of 20th-century American culture and politics. The essays in this volume, by philosophers, cultural critics, and historians, explore the development of pragmatism in this context. The emphasis in this volume is on the interrelations between the philosophical or foundational issues raised by pragmatism as a philosophical movement, and the cultural, political, and educational programs that have been associated with pragmatism from James, Dewey, and Mead to Rorty and Cornel West. The book is divided into three parts, reflecting the periods of Progressivism, Positivism, and Postmodernism. The contributors explore the ways in which pragmatist writings have been appropriated or misappropriated in the literature and practice of Progressive reformers, positivist academics, end-of-ideology liberals, and postmodernists.

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ISBN-13: 9780275965242
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)

About the Author

ROBERT HOLLINGER is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University. He is the author of The Dark Side of Liberalism: Elitism vs. Democracy, and Postmodernism in the Social Sciences (both forthcoming), editor of Hermeneutics and Praxis (1985), and co-editor of Philosophy: The Basic Issues, 4th ed. (1993) and Introductory Readings in the Philosophy of Science 2d ed. (1988).

DAVID DEPEW is Professor of Philosophy, California State University at Fullerton. He is the author of the article Philosophy in America in the Twentieth Century, in Encyclopedia of United States History in the 20th Century (forthcoming), author (with Bruce Weber) of Darwinism Evolving: Systems Dynamics and the Genealogy of Natural Selection (1993), editor (with Bruce Weber) of Entropy, Information, and Evolution: New Perspectives on Physical and Biological Evolution (1988), and Evolution at a Crossroads: The New Biology and the New Philosophy of Science (1985), and editor of The Greeks and the Good Life (1981).

Table of Contents

General Introduction

Pragmatists and Progressives

Introduction by David Depew and Robert Hollinger

The Problem of Pragmatism in American History: A Look Back, and a Look Ahead by David A. Hollinger

William James and Richard Rorty: Context and Conversation by George Cotkin

Community Without Fusion: Dewey, Mead, Tufts by James Campbell

Pragmatism, Technology, and Scientism: Are the Methods of the Scientific-Technical Disciplines Relevant to Social Problems by Larry Hickman

The Perils of Personality: Lewis Mumford and Politics After Liberalism by Casey Nelson Blake

Pragmatism and Positivism

Introduction by David Depew

Fertile Ground: Pragmatism, Science, and Logical Positivism by Daniel J. Wilson

American Philosophy and Its Lost Public by Bruce Kuklick

James, Quine, and Analytic Pragmatism by Isaac Nevo

Vanishing Frontiers in American Philosophy: Two Dogmas of Idealism by Ralph W. Sleeper

The Decline of Evolutionary Naturalism in Later Pragmatism by Randall Auxier

Rorty's Pragmatism and the Linguistic Turn by Rickard Donovan

Pragmatism and the Postmodern Condition

Introduction by David Depew and Robert Hollinger

merican Pragmatism and the Humanist Traditions by Konstantine Kolenda

Postmodern Pragmatism: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, and Rorty by Bernd Magnus

Richard Rorty's Romantic Pragmatism by Isaac Nevo

Pragmatism, Democracy, and the Imagination: Rethinking the Deweyan Legacy by Giles Gunn

Theory, Pragmatisms, and Politics by Cornel West

Selected Bibliography

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