The Pragmatic Turn / Edition 1

The Pragmatic Turn / Edition 1

by Richard J. Bernstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745649076

ISBN-13: 9780745649078

Pub. Date: 05/04/2010

Publisher: Wiley

In this major new work, Richard J. Bernstein argues that many of the important themes in philosophy during the past 150 years are variations and developments of ideas that were prominent in the classical American pragmatists: Charles S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and George H. Mead. The pragmatic thinkers reject a sharp dichotomy between subject and

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In this major new work, Richard J. Bernstein argues that many of the important themes in philosophy during the past 150 years are variations and developments of ideas that were prominent in the classical American pragmatists: Charles S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and George H. Mead. The pragmatic thinkers reject a sharp dichotomy between subject and object, mind-body dualism, the quest for certainty, and the spectator theory of knowledge. They seek to bring about a sea change in philosophy that highlights the social character of human experience and normative social practices, the self-correcting nature of all inquiry, and the continuity of theory and practice. And they - especially James, Dewey, and Mead - emphasize the democratic ethical-political consequences of a pragmatic orientation.

Many of the themes developed by the pragmatic thinkers were central to the work of major twentieth-century philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Heidegger, but the so-called analytic/Continental split obscures this underlying continuity. Bernstein develops an alternative reading of contemporary philosophy that brings out the persistence and continuity of pragmatic themes. He explains why the discussion of pragmatism is alive, varied, and widespread. This lucid, wide-randing book by one of America's leading philosophers will be compulsory reading for anyone who wants to understand the state of philosophy today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745649078
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
329,221
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Charles S. Peirce's Critique of Cartesianism 32

2 The Ethical Consequences of William James's Pragmatic Pluralism 53

3 John Dewey's Vision of Radical Democracy 70

4 Hegel and Pragmatism 89

5 Pragmatism, Objectivity, and Truth 106

6 Experience after the Linguistic Turn 125

7 Hilary Putnam: The Entanglement of Fact and Value 153

8 Jurgen Habermas's Kantian Pragmatism 168

9 Richard Rorty's Deep Humanism 200

Notes 217

References 244

Name Index 253

Subject Index 256

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