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Acknowledgments My views have changed over the course of writing this book, largely under the influence of discussions with a number of people at the Atlantic Coast Pragmatism Workshop, held yearly so far in various locations in Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas (and soon to expand further up and down the coast). As a result of these discussions, I have had to comb through the text from start to finish a number of times to make changes; and I probably have not corrected everything that needs to be corrected. In particular, Mike Eldridge’s insisting that my view of pragmatism “is too narrow” was finally heeded, though I’m not sure that the current broader version will have been to his liking. He looked over an early version of the manuscript but sadly and unfortunately passed away before letting me know anything in detail about what he thought about it. Others attending the ACPW at least once who have positively influenced my thinking about pragmatism one way or another include Brian Butler, Marilyn Fischer, Russell Goodman, Jacob Goodson, Mike Jostedt, David LoConto, Rosa Mayorga, Bill Rogers, Mark Sanders, Charlene Haddock-Seigfried, Jayne Tristan, Seth Vannatta, and probably others whom I have failed to list. Special thanks also to Stephen Everett for many useful conversations while he was completing a dissertation on Dewey’s externalist philosophy of mind. His questions and suggestions after reading earlier versions of the present manuscript have led to important revisions and improvements. More significantly, his own work on Dewey’s externalism has helped me to clarify and hone my own thinking about how best to characterize pragmatism. Another major influence on what is written here was the December 3, 2006 Philosophy Talk discussion of pragmatism where John Perry and Kenneth Taylor discussed pragmatism with John McDermott (Taylor and Perry 2006). If anyone knows what pragmatism is, McDermott does. Yet somehow I came away from that interview feeling frustrated. McDermott was spot on, yet the interview as a whole was confusing about what pragmatism is or why anyone would think that way. In spite of their ability to make things simple and understandable, it seemed that Taylor and Perry kept missing the point, pressing some challenging not-sosimple issues that cannot be cleared up in a few minutes on air whether you are xiv ACKNOWLEDGMENTS / xv a pragmatist or not. Just what pragmatism is in the first place has to be more obvious. Or so I thought. This book is essentially the result of trying to point out what I originally thought was “so obvious.” This work has been supported in part by an Associate Professor Development Award in 2010 from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Chapter 8 is an expanded version of a paper “Empiricism, Pragmatism, and the Settlement Movement” that originally appeared in The Pluralist 5(3), Fall 2010, reprinted here by permission of the University of Illinois Press. Chapter 9 stems from a paper “Truth, Justice, and the American Pragmatist Way” presented at the 2012 Atlantic Coast Pragmatism Workshop in Williamsburg , Virginia, and again at the 2012 Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference at the University of Idaho. A different version of that paper will appear in Pragmatism , Law, and Language, ed. Graham Hubbs and Douglas Lind (London: Routledge , 2013). Last but not least, I am indebted to Dee Mortensen and especially Marvin Keenan at Indiana University Press for invaluable support, tolerance, and patience in seeing the publication of this book through to its completion. What Pragmatism Was ...


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