What Pragmatism Was
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F. Thomas Burke believes that pragmatism, especially as it has been employed in politics and social action, needs a reassessment. He examines the philosophies of William James and Charles S. Peirce to determine how certain maxims of pragmatism originated. Burke contrasts pragmatism as a certain set of beliefs or actions with pragmatism as simply a methodology. He unravels the complex history of this philosophical tradition and discusses contemporary conceptions of pragmatism found in current US political discourse and explains what this quintessentially American philosophy means today.
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 6/14/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Introduction: The Pragmatic Maxim|
|Peirce's Early Presentation of the Maxim|
|James's Presentation of the Maxim|
|Peirce's Later Versions of the Maxim|
|A Composite Sketch of the Maxim|
|Empiricism versus Pragmatism|
|Measurement and the Observer Effect|
|Perception and Action|
|Addams and the Settlement Movement|
|Truth, Justice, and the American Pragmatist Way|
|Twelve Misconceptions of Pragmatism|
|Conclusion: Belief and Meaning|