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Mark Bauerlein is Professor of English at Emory University, and he recently served as Director of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. His books include The Pragmatic Mind; Literary Criticism: An Autopsy; and The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future. His reviews and commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, TLS, Yale Review, and other national publications. Richard M. Gale is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. His major research interests are in the problem of time, negation and nonbeing, philosophy of religion, and American pragmatism. His books include The Language of Time; Problems of Negation and Non-Being; On the Nature and Existence of God; The Divided Self of William James; The Philosophy of William James: An Introduction; On The Philosophy of Religion; and, most recently, John Dewey’s Quest for Intimacy: The Journey of a Promethean Mystic. William J. Gavin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of more than one hundred articles and reviews, many of them dealing with American philosophy, and his books include: William James and the Reinstatement of the Vague and Cuttin’ the Body Loose: Historical, Biological, and Personal Approaches to Death and Dying. He is also editor of Context over Foundation : Dewey and Marx and In Dewey’s Wake: Unfinished Work of Pragmatic Reconstruction. He is a former president of the William James Society. James T. Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University, is author of Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870–1920 and The Virtues of Liberalism, and editor, with Richard Wightman Fox, of A Companion to American Thought. His current projects include a history of democracy in European and American thought from the ancient world through the nineteenth century and a study of pragmatism in twentieth-century American culture. James Livingston is Professor of History at Rutgers University. Working in intellectual , literary, and economic history, he has published essays on Shakespeare, Poe, Dreiser, Walt Disney, and Richard Rorty, and books, including Origins of the Federal Reserve System: Money, Class, and Corporate Capitalism, 1890–1913; Pragmatism and the Political Economy of Cultural Revolution, 1850–1940; and Pragmatism, Feminism, and Democracy. His current project, The Origins of Our c o n t r i b u t o r S 210  • Contributors Time, illuminates the pre–American Century cultural roots of what is taken for granted in early twenty-first century America. José M. Medina, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, works in philosophy of language and social/political philosophy, with special focus on gender, race, ethnicity, and American philosophy. Drawing on speech act theory and pragmatism, he has articulated a polyphonic contextualism that provides a performative account of meaning, identity, and discursive agency. He is the author of many articles on meaning and identity; his books include Speaking from Elsewhere; Language: Key Concepts in Philosophy; and The Unity of Wittgenstein ’s Philosophy. Ross Posnock is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Specializing in the literature and history of nineteenth- and twentieth -century United States, pragmatism, Henry James, and W. E. B. DuBois, he teaches in the English department and the program in American studies. His books include The Trial of Curiosity: Henry James, William James, and the Challenge of Modernity; Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual; The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Ellison; and Philip Roth’s Rude Truth: The Art of Immaturity. Ruth Anna Putnam is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Wellesley College. She is editor of The Cambridge Companion to William James, and the author of numerous articles on William James, John Dewey, and pragmatism, and essays in ethics and political philosophy. She twice directed NEH Summer Seminars for Secondary School Teachers on the work of Emerson and James. Linda Simon is Professor of English at Skidmore College. In addition to biographies of Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder, and Lady Margaret Beaufort (the grandmother of Henry VIII), her books include The Critical Reception of Henry James: Creating a Master; Dark Light: Electricity and Anxiety from the Telegraph to the X-ray; and Genuine Reality: A Life of William James. She also edited the collection William James Remembered and serves as general editor of the interdisciplinary online journal William James Studies. John J. Stuhr is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and American Studies and Chair...