Pragmatism and Classical American Philosophy: Essential Readings and Interpretive Essays

Paperback | August 15, 1999

EditorJohn J. Stuhr

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Classical American philosophy has both contemporary and historical significance. It provides direct, imaginative, and critical insights into our contemporary global society, its massive and pressing problems, and its possibilities for real improvement. Pragmatism and Classical AmericanPhilosophy, 2/e, provides the resources necessary to understand and act on these insights. Revised and greatly expanded in this second edition, it offers a comprehensive account of classical American philosophy and pragmatism, presenting the essential writings of all the major figures of thetradition: Charles S. Peirce, William James, Josiah Royce, George Santayana, John Dewey, and George Herbert Mead. It also incorporates illuminating introductory essays by leading scholars in the field, providing biographical and cultural context as well as original critical and interpretiveperspectives. This new edition adds several new selections by, and about, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jane Addams, Borden Parker Bowne, Alain Locke, and John Herman Randall, Jr. These essays situate pragmatism and classical American philosophy in their wider American philosophical contexts of transcendentalism,feminism and writings by American women, personalism and idealism, African-American thought, and naturalism and realism. The volume also includes up-to-date suggestions for further reading that are useful for both beginning and advanced readers. Pragmatism and Classical American Philosophy, 2/e, is ideal for courses in American philosophy, pragmatism, American thought and culture, and American intellectual history, and also serves as essential reading for anyone interested in American philosophy.

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Classical American philosophy has both contemporary and historical significance. It provides direct, imaginative, and critical insights into our contemporary global society, its massive and pressing problems, and its possibilities for real improvement. Pragmatism and Classical AmericanPhilosophy, 2/e, provides the resources necessary t...

John J. Stuhr is at Pennsylvania State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 6.5 × 9.21 × 1.42 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ContributorsPrefaceINTRODUCTION: CLASSICAL AMERICAN PHILOSOPHYI. PrologueRALPH WALDO EMERSONIntroductionThe American ScholarSelf-RelianceSuggestions for Further ReadingII. Classical American PhilosophyCHARLES SANDERS PEIRCEIntroductionSome Consequences of Four IncapacitiesThe Fixation of BeliefHow to Make Our Ideas ClearThe Doctrine of Necessity ExaminedThe Categories and the Study of SignsWhat Pragmatism IsIssues of PragmatismA Neglected Argument for the Reality of GodSuggestions for Further ReadingWILLIAM JAMESIntroductionThe Types of Philosophic ThinkingThe Stream of ThoughtA World of Pure ExperienceWhat Pragmatism MeansThe Moral Philosopher and the Moral LifeThe Dilemma of DeterminismThe Will to BelieveSuggestions for Further ReadingJOSIAH ROYCEIntroductionThe Temporal and the EternalThe Body and the MembersThe Will to InterpretLoyalty to Loyalty, Truth, and RealityLoyalty and ReligionProvincialismSuggestions for Further ReadingGEORGE SANTAYANAIntroductionThe Genteel Tradition in American PhilosophySome Meanings of the Word "Is"SkepticismEssenceSubstanceTeleology and PsycheHypostatic EthicsThe Implied Being of TruthSpiritLiberationSuggestions for Further ReadingJOHN DEWEYIntroductionThe Need for a Recovery of PhilosophyThe Postulate of Immediate EmpiricismExperience and Philosophic MethodExistence as Precarious and StableNature, Communication, and MeaningThe Pattern of InquiryEducation as GrowthThe Lost IndividualSearch for the Great CommunityThe Live Creature and Aesthetic ExperienceFaith and Its ObjectSuggestions for Further ReadingGEORGE HERBERT MEADIntroductionThe Vocal Gesture and the Significant SymbolThought, Communication, and the Significant SymbolMeaningThe Nature of Reflective IntelligenceThe Nature of Scientific KnowledgePlay, the Game, and the Generalized OTherThe "I" and the "Me"The Philosophical Basis of EthicsScience Raises Problems for Philosophy -- Realism and PragmatismThe Present as the Locus of RealitySuggestions for Further ReadingIII. CONTEXTSFEMINISM AND THE WRITINGS OF AMERICAN WOMENIntroductionJane Addams: A Function of the Social SettlementSuggestions for Further ReadingAMERICAN IDEALISM AND PERSONALISMIntroductionBorden Parker Bowne: The Failure of ImpersonalismSuggestions for Further ReadingAFRICAN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHYIntroductionAlain Locke: The Ethics of Culture, Values, and ImperativesSuggestions for Further ReadingAMERICAN NATURALISMIntroductionJohn Herman Randall, Jr.: Empirical Pluralism and Unifications of NatureSuggestions for Further Reading

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"Now in its second edition, with 'Pragmatism' added to the title and expanded in scope to include Emerson and some of the contemporary thought that helps put classical pragmatism into context, Stuhr's anthology is sure to become a classic in its own right....The best collection of itskind."--Peirce Project Newsletter