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Pragmatism Reader: From Peirce through the Present

by Robert B Talisse and Scott Aikin Princeton University Press
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The Pragmatism Reader is the essential anthology of this important philosophical movement. Each selection featured here is a key writing by a leading pragmatist thinker, and represents a distinctively pragmatist approach to a core philosophical problem. The collection includes work by pragmatism's founders, Charles Peirce, William James, and John Dewey, as well as seminal writings by mid-twentieth-century pragmatists such as Sidney Hook, C. I. Lewis, Nelson Goodman, Rudolf Carnap, Wilfrid Sellars, and W.V.O. Quine. This reader also includes the most important work in contemporary pragmatism by philosophers like Susan Haack, Cornel West, Hilary Putnam, Richard Rorty, Cheryl Misak, and Robert Brandom. Each selection is a stand-alone piece--not an excerpt or book chapter--and each is presented fully unabridged. The Pragmatism Reader challenges the notion that pragmatism fell into a midcentury decline and was dormant until the advent of 'neopragmatism' in the 1980s. This comprehensive anthology reveals a rich and highly influential tradition running unbroken through twentieth-century philosophy and continuing today. It shows how American pragmatist philosophers have contributed to leading philosophical debates about truth, meaning, knowledge, experience, belief, existence, justification, and freedom. Covers pragmatist philosophy from its origins to today Features key writings by the leading pragmatist thinkers Demonstrates the continuity and enduring influence of pragmatism Challenges prevailing notions about pragmatism Includes only stand-alone pieces, completely unabridged Reflects the full range of pragmatist themes, arguments, concerns, and commitments

Introduction 1
Charles S. Peirce
Some Consequences of Four Incapacities 12
The Fixation of Belief 37
How to Make Our Ideas Clear 50
William James
Philosophical Conceptions and Practical Results 66
Pragmatism's Conception of Truth 79
The Will to Believe 92
John Dewey
The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy 109
The Influence of Darwinism on Philosophy 141
Creative Democracy-The Task before Us 150
Sidney Hook
The Democratic Way of Life 155
C.I. Lewis
A Pragmatic Conception of the A Priori 166
Nelson Goodman
Words, Works, Worlds 174
The New Riddle of Induction 188
W.V.O. Quine
Two Dogmas of Empiricism 202
On What There Is 221
Natural Kinds 234
Rudolf Carnap
Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology 249
Wilfrid Sellars
Language as Thought and Communication 265
Donald Davidson
On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme 286
Hilary Putnam
Meaning and Reference 299
Realism with a Human Face 309
A Reconsideration of Deweyan Democracy 331
Richard Rorty
The World Well Lost 353
Solidarity or Objectivity? 367
The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy 381
Cornel West
Dispensing with Metaphysics in Religious Thought 403
Susan Haack
Double-Aspect Foundherentism: A New Theory of
Empirical Justification 407
Richard A. Posner
Pragmatic Adjudication 423
Robert Brando m
From Truth to Semantics: A Path through Making It Explicit 440
Huw Price
Truth as a Convenient Friction 451
Cheryl Misak
Making Disagreement Matter: Pragmatism and
Deliberative Democracy 471
Credits 485
Index 487

his is an excellent collection, not simply of pragmatist thinkers, but serious and substantive philosophers. Talisse and Aiken have done a truly fine job of exhibiting the contributions to first-order philosophy by pragmatist-oriented thinkers over the years and helping to dispel the notion that pragmatism has been on the sidelines of important philosophical work. I recommend it, not only as an introduction to pragmatism (indeed, more than an introduction), but also as a work of fecund philosophical engagement. -- David Boersema, Essays in Philosophy
Robert B. Talisse is professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His books include ''A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy''. Scott F. Aikin is senior lecturer in philosophy at Vanderbilt. He is the coauthor, with Robert Talisse, of ''Pragmatism: A Guide for the Perplexed''.