The Two Pragmatisms: From Peirce to Rorty

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Overview

The Two Pragmatisms - From Peirce to Rorty maps the main movements within the pragmatist tradition. Two distinct forms of pragmatism are identified, that of Peirce and that of the 'second' pragmatism stemming from James' interpretation of Peirce and seen in the work of Dewey and above all Rorty. Both the influential work of Rorty and the way in which he has transformed contemporary philosophy's understanding of pragmatism are clearly explained.
The Two Pragmatisms - From Peirce to Rorty is essential reading for those interested in the history of this increasingly influential movement, whether first-time philosophers or more advanced readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415152822
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/25/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Peirce: his background and his account of inquiry 3
2 Peirce: the theory of signs 23
3 Peirce: Pragmatism and William James 36
4 Peirce: metaphysics and cosmology 53
5 James: background and The Principles of Psychology 70
6 James: 'The Will to Believe' 88
7 James: The Varieties of Religious Experience 103
8 Dewey: background and philosophical psychology 126
9 Dewey: philosophy and Empiricism 144
10 Dewey: Radical Empiricism 158
11 Rorty: the mirror of nature 175
12 Rorty: hermeneutics and irony 193
13 Rorty: the history of philosophy 210
Summary and conclusion 229
Notes 232
Bibliography 234
Index 237
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