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Pragmatism by Louis Menand
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Oct 07, 1997 | 560 Pages

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Table Of Contents


An Introduction to Pragmatism

A Note on the Selections

The First Generation

Charles Sanders Peirce
from "Some Consequences of Four Incapacities" (1968)
"The Fixation of Belief" (1877)
"How to Make Our Ideas Clear" (1878)
from "a Guess at the Riddle" (ca. 1890)
from "Evolutionary Love" (1893)
"A Definition of Pragmatism" (ca. 1904)

William James

from "Habit," in The Principles of Psychology (1890)
"The Will to Believe" (1896)
"What Pragmatism Means," in Pragmatism (1907)
"Pragmatism’s Conception of Truth," in Pragmatism (1907)
from "A Pluralistic Universe (1909)

Oliver Wendell Holmes
from "Lecture I: Early Forms of Liability," in The Common Law (1881)
from "Lecture III:Torts–Trespass and Negligence," in The Common Law (1881)
from "Privilege, Malice, and Intent" (1894)
"The Path of the Law" 91897)
from "Ideals and Doubts" (1915)
"Natural Law" (1918)
from Abrams v. United States (1919)

John Dewey
"The Ethics of Democracy" (1888)
"Theories of Knowledge," in Democracy and Education (1916)
from "The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy" (1917)
"Experience, Nature and Art," in Experience and Nature (1925)
"I Believe" (1939)

Jane Addams
from "A Function of the Social Settlement" (1899)

George Herbet Mead
"The Mechanism of Social Consciousness" (1912)
"A Contrast of Individualistic and Social Theories of the Self" (ca. 1927)

Contemporary Pragmatism

Richard Rorty
"Philosophy as a Kind of Writing: An Essay on Derrida" (1978-79)
"Postmodernist Bourgeois Liberalism" (1983)

Hilary Putnam
"Fact and Value," in Reason, Truth and History (1981)

Steven Knapp and Walter Benn Michaels
from "Against Theory" (1982)

Richard J. Bernstein
"Pragmatism, Pluralism, and the Healing of Wounds" (1988)

Cornel West
from "Prophetic Pragmatism," in The American Evasion of Philosophy (1989)

Richard A. Posner
"A Pragmatist Manifesto," in The Problems of Jurisprudence (1990)

Richard Poirier
"Reading Pragmatically," in Poetry and Pragmatism (1992)

Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob from "The Future of History," in Telling the Truth About History (1994)




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