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The American Pragmatists


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Introduction: The Trajectory of American Pragmatism PART I THE FOUNDERS OF PRAGMATISM 1: Pragmatist Themes in Early American Thought 2: Chauncey Wright (1830-1875) 3: Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) 4: William James (1842-1910) 5: Fellow Travelers PART II: THE MIDDLE PERIOD 6: The Reception of Early American Pragmatism 7: John Dewey (1859-1952) 8: Fellow Travelers PART III THE PATH TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 9: The Rise of Logical Empiricism 10: Clarence Irving Lewis (1883-1964) 11: Willard van Orman Quine (1908-2000) 12: Fellow Travellers 13: Richard Rorty (1931-2007) 14: Hilary Putnam (1926 - ) 15: The Current Debates Conclusion Bibliography Index

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Cheryl Misak is Professor of Philosophy, as well as Vice-President and Provost at the University of Toronto. She received a BA from the University of Lethbridge, an MA from Columbia University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. She works on American pragmatism, the theory of truth, moral and political philosophy, and the philosophy of medicine. She has published and edited books with Oxford University Press, Routledge, and Cambridge University Press, and has published over forty scholarly articles. In 2008, her 'Experience, Narrative, and Ethical Deliberation' was declared one of the ten best papers in philosophy by The Philosopher's Annual. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has been a Humboldt Fellow at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, a Visiting Fellow of St. John's College Cambridge, and a Rhodes Scholar.


`In casting Peirce and Lewis as the heroes of American Pragmatism, with James and Dewey as the villains, Misak establishes an impressive continuity between pragmatism and both logical empiricism and contemporary analytic philosophy ... Indeed, the main arc that Cheryl Misak traces--from Kant, through Peirce and Lewis, and then on to W. V. Quine and into wider philosophical orthodoxy--deserves to become widely known.' Tim Button, The Times Literary Supplement

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