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America's Philosophical Vision

ISBN-10: 0226763684

ISBN-13: 9780226763682

Edition: 1992

Authors: John E. Smith

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In these previously uncollected essays, Smith argues that American philosophers like Peirce, James, Royce, and Dewey have forged a unique philosophical tradition--one that is rich and complex enough to represent a genuine alternative to the analytic, phenomenological, and hermeneutical traditions which have originated in Britain or Europe. "In my judgment, John Smith has no equal today in combining two scholarly qualities: the analysis of philosophical texts with penetration and rigor, and the discernment of what it is in these texts that matters. These qualities are in evidence throughout the essays in America's Philosophical Vision. Whether he is evaluating Rorty's view of Dewey; the pragmatic theory of experience and truth; theories of freedom, creativity, and the self; Royce's conception of community; or synoptic philosophic visions, Smith always succeeds in uniting a comprehensive understanding of philosophic writings with a sure grasp of their import for human culture and aspiration. It is a great benefit to students of American thought that these papers have now been collected into one volume."--James Gouinlock, Emory University
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 222
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

John E. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Applied Microbiology in the Department of Bioscience, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Experience, Freedom, and the Pragmatic Outlook
The Reconception of Experience in Peirce, James and Dewey
The Pragmatic Theory of Truth: The Typical Objection
Two Defenses of Freedom: Peirce and James
Radical Empiricism
The Reflexive Turn, the Linguistic Turn, and the Pragmatic Outcome
The Critique of Abstractions and the Scope of Reason
Community and the Self
Royce: The Absolute and the Beloved Community Revisited
The Value of Community: Dewey and Royce
Creativity in Royce's Philosophical Idealism
Signs, Selves and Interpretation
Overview
Receptivity, Change and Relevance: Some Hallmarks of Philosophy in America
Index