What Pragmatism Was by F. Thomas Burke

What Pragmatism Was

byF. Thomas Burke

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F. Thomas Burke believes that pragmatism, especially as it has been employed in politics and social action, needs a reassessment. He examines the philosophies of William James and Charles S. Peirce to determine how certain maxims of pragmatism originated. Burke contrasts pragmatism as a certain set of beliefs or actions with pragmatism as simply a methodology. He unravels the complex history of this philosophical tradition and discusses contemporary conceptions of pragmatism found in current US political discourse and explains what this quintessentially American philosophy means today.

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F. Thomas Burke is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. He is author of Dewey's New Logic: A Reply to Russell (1994) and co-editor of Dewey's Logical Theory: New Studies and Interpretations (2002) and George Herbert Mead in the Twenty-First Century (2013).
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Title:What Pragmatism WasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:June 14, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Pragmatic Maxim
1. Peirce's Early Presentation of the Maxim
2. James's Presentation of the Maxim
3. Peirce's Later Versions of the Maxim
4. A Composite Sketch of the Maxim
5. Empiricism versus Pragmatism
6. Measurement and the Observer Effect
7. Perception and Action
8. Addams and the Settlement Movement
9. Truth, Justice, and the American Pragmatist Way
10. Twelve Misconceptions of Pragmatism
Conclusion: Belief and Meaning

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