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William James claimed that his Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking would prove triumphant and epoch-making. Today, after more than 100 years, how is pragmatism to be understood? What has been its cultural and philosophical impact? Is it a crucial resource for current problems and for life and thought in the future? John J. Stuhr and the distinguished contributors to this multidisciplinary volume address these questions, situating them in personal, philosophical, political, American, and global contexts. Engaging James in original ways, these 11 essays probe and extend the significance of pragmatism as they focus on four major, overlapping themes: pragmatism and American culture; pragmatism as a method of thinking and settling disagreements; pragmatism as theory of truth; and pragmatism as a mood, attitude, or temperament.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: 100 Years of Pragmatism
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. 1. James’s Pragmatism and American Culture, 1907–2007
  2. pp. 7-40
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  1. 2. The Enemies of Pragmatism
  2. pp. 41-56
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  1. 3. The Earth Must Resume Its Rights: A Jamesian Genealogy of Immaturity
  2. pp. 57-80
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  1. 4. Pragmatism and Death: Method vs. Metaphor, Tragedy vs.the Will to Believe
  2. pp. 81-95
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  1. 5. William James’s Pragmatism: A Distinctly Mixed Bag
  2. pp. 96-107
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  1. 6. The Deconstruction of Traditional Philosophy in William James’s Pragmatism
  2. pp. 108-123
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  1. 7. James on Truth and Solidarity: The Epistemology of Diversity and the Politics of Specificity
  2. pp. 124-143
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  1. 8. Pragmatism, Nihilism, and Democracy: What Is Called Thinking at the End of Modernity?
  2. pp. 144-172
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  1. 9. Active Tension
  2. pp. 173-184
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  1. 10. Reflections on the Future of Pragmatism
  2. pp. 185-193
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  1. 11. Looking toward Last Things: James’s Pragmatism beyond Its First Century
  2. pp. 194-207
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 209-211
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253003928
Related ISBN
9780253353870
MARC Record
OCLC
607554422
Pages
228
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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