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What Pragmatism Was

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ISBN-10: 0253009588

ISBN-13: 9780253009586

Edition: 2013

Authors: F. Thomas Burke

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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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 6/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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