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Pragmatic Fashions
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John J. Stuhr, a leading voice in American philosophy, sets forth a view of pragmatism as a personal work of art or fashion. Stuhr develops his pragmatism by putting pluralism forward, setting aside absolutism and nihilism, opening new perspectives on democracy, and focusing on love. He creates a space for a philosophy that is liable to failure and that is experimental, pluralist, relativist, radically empirical, radically democratic, and absurd. Full color illustrations enhance this lyrical commitment to a new version of pragmatism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Expressivism and Pragmatism
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Chance Vistas and Sincerity in the Cosmic Labyrinth
  2. pp. 9-30
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  1. 2. Philosophies as Fashions
  2. pp. 31-60
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  1. 3. Does Philosophy Progress?: Criticism without Critique
  2. pp. 61-80
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  1. 4. Convergence and Difference: Immanent Pluralism
  2. pp. 81-98
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  1. 5. It’s All Relative: Beyond Absolutism and Nihilism
  2. pp. 99-116
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  1. 6. Expressions of Nature: Refashioning the Hudson River School
  2. pp. 117-150
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  1. 7. Old Ideals Crumble: War and the Limits of Philosophy
  2. pp. 151-170
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  1. 8. Democracy as Public Experiment: Beyond Mission Accomplished and Mission Impossible
  2. pp. 171-188
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  1. 9. A Terrible Love of Hope: Toward Peace Before Death
  2. pp. 189-206
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  1. 10. Absurd Pragmatism
  2. pp. 207-222
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  1. 11. The Spring Collection: Intermedia Moralia; or, a Romance of Our Incoherence
  2. pp. 223-238
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 239-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-257
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