Stoic Pragmatism

Paperback | May 9, 2012

byJohn Lachs

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John Lachs, one of American philosophy's most distinguished interpreters, turns to William James, Josiah Royce, Charles S. Peirce, John Dewey, and George Santayana to elaborate stoic pragmatism, or a way to live life within reasonable limits. Stoic pragmatism makes sense of our moral obligations in a world driven by perfectionist human ambition and unreachable standards of achievement. Lachs proposes a corrective to pragmatist amelioration and stoic acquiescence by being satisfied with what is good enough. This personal, yet modest, philosophy offers penetrating insights into the American way of life and our human character.

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John Lachs, one of American philosophy's most distinguished interpreters, turns to William James, Josiah Royce, Charles S. Peirce, John Dewey, and George Santayana to elaborate stoic pragmatism, or a way to live life within reasonable limits. Stoic pragmatism makes sense of our moral obligations in a world driven by perfectionist human...

John Lachs is Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:May 9, 2012Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253223768

ISBN - 13:9780253223760

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. What Can Philosophy Do to Make Life Better?
2. Stoic Pragmatism
3. Infinite Obligations
4. An Ontology for Stoic Pragmatism
Epilogue: The Personal Value and Social Usefulness of Philosophy

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"... a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion of how pragmatism should be developed today...." -Transactions C S Peirce Society