The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism

The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism

by Cornel West


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A highly intelligent and provocative book...What shines through, throughout the work, is West's firm commitment to a radical vision of philosophic discourse as inextricably linked to cultural criticism and political engagement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333525692
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/01/1989
Edition description: 1989
Pages: 279
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton University, and author of the influential Race Matters. His recent work includes two books he coauthored on public policy issues: The Future of American Progressivism and The War Against Parents.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Emersonian prehistory of American pragmatism: Emerson on power (and tradition); Emerson on provocation (and the market); Emerson on personality (and race); Emerson as organic intellectual. Part 2 The historic emergence of American pragmatism: Peirce on scientific method, community and Christian love; James on individuality, reconciliation and heroic energies. Part 3 The coming-of-age of American pragmatism - John Dewey: Dewey on historical consciousness, critical intelligence nad creative democracy. Part 4 The dilemna of the mid-century pragmatic intellectual: the Deweyan political intellectual, Sidney Hook; the Neo-Deweyan radical social critic, C.Wright Mills; the Jamesian organic intellectual, W.E.B. Du Bois; the Jamesian cultural critic, Reinhold Niebuhr; the pragmatist as Arnoldian literary critic, Lionel Trilling. Part 5 The decline and resurgence of American pragmatism - W.V. Quine and Richard Rorty. Part 6 Prophetic pragmatism - cultural criticism and political engagement: Roberto Unger and third-wave left romanticism; the challenge of Michel Foucault; tragedy, tradition and political praxis; prophetic pragmatism and postmodernity.

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