Cambridge Pragmatism: From Peirce and James to Ramsey and Wittgenstein

Hardcover | August 26, 2016

byCheryl Misak

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Cheryl Misak offers a strikingly new view of the development of philosophy in the twentieth century. Pragmatism, the home-grown philosophy of America, thinks of truth not as a static relation between a sentence and the believer-independent world, but rather, a belief that works. The foundersof pragmatism, Peirce and James, developed this idea in more (Peirce) and less (James) objective ways. The standard story of the reception of American pragmatism in England is that Russell and Moore savaged James's theory, and that pragmatism has never fully recovered. An alternative, and underappreciated, story is told here. The brilliant Cambridge mathematician, philosopher and economist, FrankRamsey, was in the mid-1920s heavily influenced by the almost-unheard-of Peirce and was developing a pragmatist position of great promise. He then transmitted that pragmatism to his friend Wittgenstein, although had Ramsey lived past the age of 26 to see what Wittgenstein did with that position,Ramsey would not have like what he saw.

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Cheryl Misak offers a strikingly new view of the development of philosophy in the twentieth century. Pragmatism, the home-grown philosophy of America, thinks of truth not as a static relation between a sentence and the believer-independent world, but rather, a belief that works. The foundersof pragmatism, Peirce and James, developed th...

Cheryl Misak is Professor of Philosophy, and former Provost, at the University of Toronto. She works on American Pragmatism, ethics, and the philosophy of medicine, and is the author of The American Pragmatists, Truth and the End of Inquiry, Truth, Politics, Morality: Pragmatism and Deliberation, and Verificationism: Its History and Pr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.1 inPublished:August 26, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Cambridge, Massachusetts1. Peirce2. James3. Bridges across the AtlanticPart II: Cambridge, England4. The Anti-Pragmatism of Pre-War Cambridge5. The Pull of Pragmatism on Russell6. Ramsey7. Wittgenstein: Post-TractatusConclusion