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Pragmatism and Classical American Philosophy

Essential Readings and Interpretive Essays

Second Edition

Edited by John J. Stuhr

Publication Date - September 1999

ISBN: 9780195118308

720 pages
Paperback
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $105.95

Description

Classical American philosophy has both contemporary and historical significance. It provides direct, imaginative, and critical insights into our contemporary global society, its massive and pressing problems, and its possibilities for real improvement. Pragmatism and Classical American Philosophy, 2/e, provides the resources necessary to understand and act on these insights. Revised and greatly expanded in this second edition, it offers a comprehensive account of classical American philosophy and pragmatism, presenting the essential writings of all the major figures of the tradition: Charles S. Peirce, William James, Josiah Royce, George Santayana, John Dewey, and George Herbert Mead. It also incorporates illuminating introductory essays by leading scholars in the field, providing biographical and cultural context as well as original critical and interpretive perspectives.
This new edition adds several new selections by, and about, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jane Addams, Borden Parker Bowne, Alain Locke, and John Herman Randall, Jr. These essays situate pragmatism and classical American philosophy in their wider American philosophical contexts of transcendentalism, feminism and writings by American women, personalism and idealism, African-American thought, and naturalism and realism. The volume also includes up-to-date suggestions for further reading that are useful for both beginning and advanced readers.
Pragmatism and Classical American Philosophy, 2/e, is ideal for courses in American philosophy, pragmatism, American thought and culture, and American intellectual history, and also serves as essential reading for anyone interested in American philosophy.

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 1987

Table of Contents

    Contributors
    Preface
    INTRODUCTION: CLASSICAL AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
    I. Prologue
    RALPH WALDO EMERSON
    Introduction
    The American Scholar
    Self-Reliance
    Suggestions for Further Reading
    II. Classical American Philosophy
    CHARLES SANDERS PEIRCE
    Introduction
    Some Consequences of Four Incapacities
    The Fixation of Belief
    How to Make Our Ideas Clear
    The Doctrine of Necessity Examined
    The Categories and the Study of Signs
    What Pragmatism Is
    Issues of Pragmatism
    A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God
    Suggestions for Further Reading
    WILLIAM JAMES
    Introduction
    The Types of Philosophic Thinking
    The Stream of Thought
    A World of Pure Experience
    What Pragmatism Means
    The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life
    The Dilemma of Determinism
    The Will to Believe
    Suggestions for Further Reading
    JOSIAH ROYCE
    Introduction
    The Temporal and the Eternal
    The Body and the Members
    The Will to Interpret
    Loyalty to Loyalty, Truth, and Reality
    Loyalty and Religion
    Provincialism
    Suggestions for Further Reading
    GEORGE SANTAYANA
    Introduction
    The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy
    Some Meanings of the Word "Is"
    Skepticism
    Essence
    Substance
    Teleology and Psyche
    Hypostatic Ethics
    The Implied Being of Truth
    Spirit
    Liberation
    Suggestions for Further Reading
    JOHN DEWEY
    Introduction
    The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy
    The Postulate of Immediate Empiricism
    Experience and Philosophic Method
    Existence as Precarious and Stable
    Nature, Communication, and Meaning
    The Pattern of Inquiry
    Education as Growth
    The Lost Individual
    Search for the Great Community
    The Live Creature and Aesthetic Experience
    Faith and Its Object
    Suggestions for Further Reading
    GEORGE HERBERT MEAD
    Introduction
    The Vocal Gesture and the Significant Symbol
    Thought, Communication, and the Significant Symbol
    Meaning
    The Nature of Reflective Intelligence
    The Nature of Scientific Knowledge
    Play, the Game, and the Generalized OTher
    The "I" and the "Me"
    The Philosophical Basis of Ethics
    Science Raises Problems for Philosophy -- Realism and Pragmatism
    The Present as the Locus of Reality
    Suggestions for Further Reading
    III. CONTEXTS
    FEMINISM AND THE WRITINGS OF AMERICAN WOMEN
    Introduction
    Jane Addams: A Function of the Social Settlement
    Suggestions for Further Reading
    AMERICAN IDEALISM AND PERSONALISM
    Introduction
    Borden Parker Bowne: The Failure of Impersonalism
    Suggestions for Further Reading
    AFRICAN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
    Introduction
    Alain Locke: The Ethics of Culture, Values, and Imperatives
    Suggestions for Further Reading
    AMERICAN NATURALISM
    Introduction
    John Herman Randall, Jr.: Empirical Pluralism and Unifications of Nature
    Suggestions for Further Reading

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