Frontiers in American Philosophy, Volume I

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To push the edges of the known, to look at the accepted in novel ways, is indeed to stand at the frontiers of a field. In Frontiers in American Philosophy thirty-five contemporary scholars explore classical American thought in bold new ways.

An extraordinary range of issues and thinkers is represented in these pages—from such core themes as metaphysics and social philosophy, which receive primary attention, to some consideration of American ...

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Overview

To push the edges of the known, to look at the accepted in novel ways, is indeed to stand at the frontiers of a field. In Frontiers in American Philosophy thirty-five contemporary scholars explore classical American thought in bold new ways.

An extraordinary range of issues and thinkers is represented in these pages—from such core themes as metaphysics and social philosophy, which receive primary attention, to some consideration of American philosophers' technical accomplishments in mathematical logic and philosophical analysis.

The authors also offer new perspectives on the work of the leading American philosophers, including George Herbert Mead, William James, John Dewey, Charles Sanders Peirce, and Emma Goldman.

Not surprisingly perhaps, a great deal of the discussion revolves, either directly or indirectly, around that great axis of intellectual issues commonly known as the "realism/idealism" controversy. It seems fitting that so much attention is devoted to the possibility of some sort of middle position between "external realism" and its antipode in some form of relativistic subjectivism. For, in the last analysis, such a middle position is for the American philosophers the core meaning of "pragmatism.”

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Library Journal
This is the first of two volumes from conferences held to stimulate interest in American philosophy. The editors wanted to encourage ``new approaches,'' and most contributors took this to mean linking past and present. There are novelties. John Lachs asks about philosophy and ``life'' and suggests that philosophy helps to dispose the young permanently toward truth and decency. If philosophy's use is ``all but forgotten,'' teachers who do not link thought and action very clearly are to blame. Ralph Sleeper links the pragmatist John Dewey with Willard Quine, the reigning monarch of American logic, and uses techniques from each to analyze the work of Josiah Royce, the greatest American idealist metaphysician. The essays contain valuable information and good, clear writing by distinguished philosophers that include Hilary Putnam, Joseph Margolis, and Nicholas Rescher. Academic libraries will need this book.-- Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa
Booknews
The second volume based on papers presented at the title conference, held at Texas A&M University. (The date of the conference isn't noted, but Volume 1 was published in 1993.) The 36 papers are divided into 13 categories: philosophy, semiotics, and interpretation; editing American philosophers; the nature of philosophy; existentialism and phenomenology; Santayana; Dewey; American philosophy and Oriental thought; philosophy and literature; community and culture; applied philosophy; Peirce and Buchler; aesthetics; and William James. It's been a long wait for an edited volume that lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

ROBERT W. BURCH and HERMAN J. SAATKAMP are professors of philosophy at Texas A&M University. This volume originated from an international conference held at the university.

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