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John J. Stuhr's 100 Years of Pragmatism: William James's Revolutionary PDF

By John J. Stuhr

ISBN-10: 0253353874

ISBN-13: 9780253353870

William James claimed that his Pragmatism: a brand new identify for a few previous methods of pondering could turn out effective and epoch-making. this day, after greater than a hundred years, how is pragmatism to be understood? What has been its cultural and philosophical impression? Is it a vital source for present difficulties and for all times and suggestion sooner or later? John J. Stuhr and the prestigious members to this multidisciplinary quantity tackle those questions, situating them in own, philosophical, political, American, and international contexts. enticing James in unique methods, those eleven essays probe and expand the importance of pragmatism as they specialise in 4 significant, overlapping subject matters: pragmatism and American tradition; pragmatism as a mode of considering and settling disagreements; pragmatism as thought of fact; and pragmatism as a temper, angle, or temperament.

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In environmentalism, is the standard protecting the environment for its own sake, or making environmental policy through expert decisions made by scientists, or is it instead whatever decision results from the sustained and unpredictable outcomes achieved by the sustained engagement of the people? If the answer in each case lies in the latter of these alternatives, then how is it possible to stipulate—or even imagine—a pragmatic test that adequately measures results? Some of those who invoke pragmatism in twenty-first-century America seem to think there is a “bottom line” that is easy to identify and that provides clear guidelines.

Perhaps just as significant as the return of pragmatism in academic disciplines such as philosophy, however, has been the proliferation of pragmatisms in different domains of American life. In the remainder of this essay I will briefly survey six areas in which forms of pragmatism have shown signs of life in recent years. Some of the people involved explicitly invoke James, others Dewey, and others contemporary pragmatists such as Richard Rorty, Richard Bernstein, Hilary Putnam, or Cornel West.

FDR shared Wilson’s preference for piecemeal experimentation over rigid doctrine; the eclecticism of the New Deal has earned FDR both admiration and ridicule as a “pragmatist” from many writers who would not know William from Jesse James or John from Thomas Dewey. But the evidence is now clear that from his election in 1932 until his death in 1945, FDR developed a firm commitment to plans and programs that emerged from the work of professional social scientists in his administration whose familiarity with and allegiance to pragmatist philosophy is not in doubt.

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