The Promise of Pragmatism: Modernism and the Crisis of Knowledge and Authority

The Promise of Pragmatism: Modernism and the Crisis of Knowledge and Authority

by John Patrick Diggins
     
 

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For much of our century, pragmatism has enjoyed a charmed life, holding the dominant point of view in American politics, law, education, and social thought in general. After suffering a brief eclipse in the post-World War II period, pragmatism has experienced a revival, especially in literary theory and such areas as poststructuralism and deconstruction. In this

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For much of our century, pragmatism has enjoyed a charmed life, holding the dominant point of view in American politics, law, education, and social thought in general. After suffering a brief eclipse in the post-World War II period, pragmatism has experienced a revival, especially in literary theory and such areas as poststructuralism and deconstruction. In this critique of pragmatism and neopragmatism, one of our leading intellectual historians traces the attempts of thinkers from William James to Richard Rorty to find a response to the crisis of modernism. John Patrick Diggins analyzes the limitations of pragmatism from a historical perspective and dares to ask whether America's one original contribution to the world of philosophy has actually fulfilled its promise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226148793
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Edition description:
1
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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