Rethinking Pragmatism: From William James to Contemporary Philosophy

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Rethinking Pragmatism explores the work of the American Pragmatists, particularly James and Dewey, challenging entrenched views of their positions on truth, meaning, instrumentalism, realism, pluralism and religious beliefs.  It clarifies pragmatic ideas and arguments spelling out the significant implications they have for present-day philosophical controversies. 

  • Explores the work of the American Pragmatists, especially James and Dewey, on the issues of truth, reference, meaning, instrumentalism, essences, realism, pluralism and religious beliefs.
  • The only available publication to provide a detailed commentary on James's book, Pragmatism, while exploring the implications of the American Pragmatists' ideas and arguments for contemporary philosophical issues
  • Challenges standard readings of the American Pragmatists' positions in a way that illuminates and questions the assumptions underlying current discussions of these topics.
  • Coherently arranged by structuring the book around the themes discussed in each chapter of James's original work.
  • Provides a new analysis and understanding of the pragmatic theory of truth and semantics.

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Rethinking Pragmatism explores the work of the AmericanPragmatists, particularly James and Dewey, challenging entrenchedreadings of their views on truth, instrumentalism, realism,pluralism, and religious beliefs. Schwartz takes James’s workas the basis for his discussion. His detailed commentary onJames’s Pragmatism, which Schwartz uses as a scaffoldfor rethinking pragmatic themes and arguments more generally, looksahead rather than back. In terms that have significant implicationsfor current philosophical controversies, RethinkingPragmatism explains why the Pragmatists rejected meanings,fixed reference, and metaphysical necessity, but did notreject theoretical entities.

Most significantly, it provides a perspective on the pragmatictheory of truth that shows, for example, why James readily admitsthat truth is “agreement with reality,” and why Deweypraises Tarski’s work on truth as a breakthrough in semantictheory. Schwartz also links the Pragmatists’ reasons forrejecting nineteenth-century positivism to twentieth-centurychallenges to logical positivism. The result is a book thatcoherently unfolds James’s work, while demonstrating thecontemporary relevance of the American Pragmatists’ ideas andarguments to debates about the nature of inquiry, language, andreality.

About the Author:

Robert Schwartz is Distinguished Professor of Philosophyat the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He has taught atRockefeller University and CUNY and has been a visiting professorat, amongst others, Harvard University, the University of Chicago,and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Vision:Variations on Some Berkeleian Themes (Blackwell, 1994) andVisual Versions (MIT Press, 2006) and the editor ofPerception (Blackwell, 2004). He has published numerousarticles developing pragmatic approaches to issues in epistemology,language, metaphysics, and the philosophy of science. 

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