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Published: 02 January 2013

344 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823244690

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The Things in Heaven and Earth

An Essay in Pragmatic Naturalism

John Ryder

A Fordham University Press Publication

American Philosophy (FUP)

The Things in Heaven and Earth develops and applies the American philosophical naturalist tradition of the mid-twentieth century, specifically, the work of three of the most prominent figures of what is called Columbia Naturalism: John Dewey, John Herman Randall, Jr., and Justus Buchler. The book argues for the philosophical value and usefulness of this underappreciated tradition for a number of contemporary theoretical and practical issues, such as the modernist/postmodernist divide and debates over philosophical constructivism.

Pragmatic naturalism offers a distinctive ontology of constitutive relations. Relying on Buchler's ordinal ontology and on the relationality implicit in Dewey's instrumentalism, the book gives a detailed an account of this approach, in chapters that deal with issues in systematic ontology, epistemology, constructivism and objectivity, philosophical theology, art, democratic theory, foreign policy, education, humanism, and cosmopolitanism.