The Chicago School of Pragmatism

The Chicago School of Pragmatism


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The Chicago School of Pragmatism by John R. Shook

The Chicago school of pragmatism was one of the most controversial and prominent intellectual movements of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Spanning the ferment of academic and social thought that erupted in those turbulent times in America, the Chicago pragmatists earned widespread attention and respect for many decades. They were a central force in philospohy, contesting realism and idealism for supremacy in metaphysics, epistemology and value theory. Their functionalist views formed the Chicago school of religion, which sparked intense scrutiny into the real meaning of theism, religious experience and the role of religious values in society. Their social standpoint on psychology generated the Chicago school of sociology, social pscyhology and symbolic interactionism, aiming to make schools more reponsive to the democratic and industrial character of the country. In economics, labour issues, civil rights and liberal politics, the Chicago school was also impossible to ignore.

This four-volume set focuses on the cornerstones of the thought grounding such intellectual activism - their philosophies of human nature, intelligence, values and social purpose. Key writings of these major philosophers are set in their proper context of important writings of James Angell, Edward Ames, Addison Moore, and of many of their graduates who had significant careers, including Ella Flagg Young, H. Heath Bawden, Arthur Rogers, Irving King, Kate Gordon, Douglas Macintosh, William Wright, Clarence Ayres and Charles Morris. Also included are their debates with many critics, such as James Mark Baldwin, George Santayana, William Montegue, Roy Wood Sellars and William Hocking. Spanning roughly 50 years,the 130 pieces are brought together from several dozens of obscure and increasingly rare books, journals and archival sources. This collection should be of interest to those studying American intellectual history, and especially the evolution of American philosphy, psychology, sociology, religion, education and politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781855068308
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/15/2000
Series: History of American Thought Series
Pages: 1400
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.32(h) x 5.68(d)

About the Author

John R. Shook, Ph.D., is Vice President for Education and Research and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York. He also is Research Associate in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo. Among his books are Dewey’s Empirical Theory of Knowledge and Reality (2000) and Dewey’s Philosophy of Spirit (2010). He has edited or co-edited more than a dozen books including Pragmatic Naturalism and Realism (2003), A Companion to Pragmatism (2005), Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (2005), and The Future of Naturalism (2009).

Table of Contents

Vol 1 The development of intrumentalism - experience, knowledge and reality: section 1 - psychology and philosophy
section 2 - logic and epistemology
section 3 - experience and metaphysics. Vol 2 The development of instrumentalism - morality, society, education and religion: section 1 - ethical theory
section 2 - society, democracy and education
section 3 - religion. Vol 3 Early debates on instrumentalism, 1903-1912: section 1 - Chicago pragmatists and other pragmatisms
section 2 - disputes over psychology
section 3 - disputes with idealists
section 4 - disputes with realists. Vol 4 Later debates on instrumentalism, 1913-1940: section 1 - Chicago pragmatists and other pragmatists
section 2 - disputes with idealists
section 3 - disputes with realists
section 4 - debates on value and morality
section 5 - assessments of the Chicago school.

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