The Continuum Companion to Pragmatism by Sami Pihlström

By Sami Pihlström

The Continuum significant other to Pragmatism deals the definitive consultant to a key region of up to date philosophy. The booklet covers all the basic questions requested by way of pragmatism -- parts that experience endured to draw curiosity traditionally in addition to themes that experience emerged extra lately as lively components of analysis. Twelve in particular commissioned essays from an foreign group of specialists demonstrate the place vital paintings is still performed within the sector and, such a lot valuably, the interesting new instructions the sphere is taking. The better half explores concerns bearing on aesthetics, economics, schooling, ethics, heritage, legislations, metaphysics, politics, race, faith, technological know-how and know-how, language, and social thought. that includes a sequence of necessary examine instruments, together with an A to Z of key words and ideas, a chronology, an in depth record of assets and a completely annotated bibliography, this can be the basic reference device for a person operating in modern pragmatism or sleek American philosophy extra ordinarily.

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Pihlström, 2003, 2008a, 2009a). It is against the background of non-reductive pragmatic naturalism and a deeply Kantian conception of philosophy as an investigation of constitutive conditions for the possibility of certain given actualities of human experience that Dewey’s remarks on not only scientific inquiry but also aesthetic and political issues, as well as religious qualities in experience, must be understood. Dewey’s naturalism is broad, inclusive, and tolerant enough to accommodate humanly natural experiences of and valuational perspectives on reality that can be characterized as moral, aesthetic, or even religious.

188–189). Religions must be rejected as systems of (supernatural) beliefs, just as Dewey rejected them, but as “systems of action” they may be acceptable. , p. 189). , pp. 8, 202); also, his wartime diary entries in 1941–1943 demonstrate that he was thinking about James while working on his book. , p. 192), which is clearly something that Jamesian pragmatists might easily subscribe to. These examples demonstrate that pragmatism has not been an exclusively American phenomenon. To be sure, most central pragmatists and pragmatism scholars have been American, and still are, but today there is growing interest in pragmatism all over the world.

It does not deny values or normativity, because they are crucial to our self-understanding as agents. While naturalism, as a general philosophical orientation, has o en been criticized because of its tendency to lose normativity, this criticism does not apply to the non-reductive naturalism of the Deweyan stripe, which is, in a way, more thoroughly naturalistic than its reductive rivals. By embedding his non-reductive naturalism in pragmatism, Dewey was able to accommodate values, as pragmatism starts from an action-centered, purposive picture of humanity, refusing to call such a picture into question on the grounds of an allegedly more fundamental scientific image of reality.

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