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Philosophy of the Americas

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  1. added 2016-05-27
    Tracy Llanera (forthcoming). Redeeming Rorty’s Private–Public Distinction. Contemporary Pragmatism 13 (2).
    Rorty uses the private–public distinction as a conceptual tool to uphold the ideal of self–creation (Romanticism) simultaneously to the ideal of solidarity (Enlightenment liberalism). The difficulty of accommodating these two apparently opposing ideals has led Rorty to make inconsistent and contradictory claims about the private–public distinction. This article suggests a way of easing the tension that exists around Rorty’s formulations of the distinction. It does so by turning to the thematic of “self–enlargement” to be found in Rorty’s later writings. By (...)
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  2. added 2016-05-15
    Catherine Kemp (forthcoming). "Dewey's Darwin and Darwin's Hume". The Pluralist.
    In The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy (1910), Dewey characterizes Hume as an orthodox empiricist wedded to a static and unchanging view of mental life. The lead essay argues that Darwinism is a cure for the errors of traditional empiricism. This paper demonstrates that Hume is a precursor to Darwin, and thus to Dewey, by reviewing the historical case that Hume directly influenced Darwin’s theory of evolution. Using Dewey’s discussion of the design versus chance problem, the paper throws light on (...)
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    Catherine Kemp (forthcoming). "The False Hume in Pragmatism". The Pluralist.
    The atomist Hume inherited by classical American pragmatism is a false Hume. I trace the origins and reception of the atomist Hume in the pragmatic tradition and the correction of this reading in modern Hume scholarship, and then argue (1) that in the Treatise Hume assumes that we first encounter wholes, not parts, in experience, (2) that the distinction of parts is possible only after the experience of wholes, and (3) that their distinction as well as their separation is not (...)
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  4. added 2016-04-18
    Gabriel Alejandro Torres Colón & Charles A. Hobbs (2016). Toward a Pragmatist Anthropology of Race. The Pluralist 11 (1):126-135.
    As we have discussed elsewhere, Franz Boas and John Dewey were intellectual and political allies at Columbia University for over thirty years.1 Dewey advocated for an increased role of anthropology for philosophical insight, and he often used anthropological knowledge as a starting point for his ethics and politics, including such knowledge as learned from Boas. We hold that Boas and Dewey shared a common core understanding of human global and evolutionary diversity, and that this shared understanding itself forms a core (...)
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  5. added 2016-03-20
    Guido K. Tamponi (2016). Homo homini summum bonum. Der zweifache Humanismus des F.C.S. Schiller. Peter Lang.
  6. added 2016-03-20
    Peter Knox-Shaw (2015). The Dry Salvages: T. S. Eliot in Wordsworthian Waters. Philological Quarterly 94 (2):149-172.
    Peter Knox-Shaw, “The Dry Salvages: T. S. Eliot in Wordsworthian Waters” -/- Since Wordsworth was seen by T. S. Eliot both as a fellow revolutionary and as a cultural adversary, he supplies a particularly rich illustration of Eliot’s contention that the significance of a poem depends on an appreciation of its relation to the great poetry of the past. The Dry Salvages is the poem through which Eliot engages most fully with Romanticism, and it represents, as has long been recognized, (...)
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  7. added 2016-03-20
    Guido K. Tamponi (2015). Von der pragmatischen Unmöglichkeit eines reinen Pragmatismus. Rezension zu J. Lachs, „Stoic Pragmatism“. [REVIEW] Zeitschrift für Philosophische Literatur 3 (1):60-68.
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  8. added 2016-03-19
    Brook Muller (2016). The Machine Is a Watershed for Living In. The Pluralist 11 (1):78-92.
    The Swiss-born designer Le Corbusier’s famous metaphorical characterization of a house as a machine heralded a view of architectural impulse of staggering influence. It was for Le Corbusier “not foolishness to hasten forward a clearing up of things” and to affirm the radically transformative possibilities for making architecture in full acknowledgment of the forces of industry. Architects are to embrace the logic and symbolic economy of the machine in order to guide the spirit and gather the forms of the emergent (...)
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  9. added 2016-03-19
    Paul B. Thompson (2016). Machines, Watersheds, and Sustainability. The Pluralist 11 (1):110-116.
    brook muller begins his contribution to the Coss Dialogues by contesting and at least partially deconstructing Le Corbusier’s aphorism “a house is a machine for living.” He then trades upon an ambiguity that masks the difference between watersheds that mark an important transition from one phase to another and those that are defined by the drainage area associated with a body of water. The 2015 Coss Dialogues took place in the watershed of the Grand River, which extends from its southeast (...)
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  10. added 2016-03-19
    Zachary Piso (2016). Integration, Values, and Well-Ordered Interdisciplinary Science. The Pluralist 11 (1):49-57.
    I want to begin by sharing an experience working alongside a team of scientists dedicated to studying coastal fog. Two years ago, experts in coastal ecology, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, and geography recognized the need to initiate conversation between the diverse disciplines that investigate fog. Although fog had long received attention from myriad sciences, coastal fog was yet to receive the sustained investigation that these scientists believed it warranted. Coastal fog is a strong candidate for such investigation; not only is fog (...)
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  11. added 2016-03-19
    Marilyn Fischer (2016). A Pluralistic Universe in Twenty Years. The Pluralist 11 (1):1-18.
    placed side by side, james’s A Pluralistic Universe and Addams’s Twenty Years at Hull-House seem to have little in common. James’s critique of absolute idealism is written for intellectuals comfortable with philosophical abstractions. Twenty Years is full of stories about the lives of poor people and immigrants. Yet, sometime after April 1909, when A Pluralistic Universe appeared, and before November 1910, when Twenty Years was published, Addams inserted a few telling quotations into her manuscript. I will give a reading of (...)
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  12. added 2016-03-19
    Bryan G. Norton (2016). The Power of Three: Leopold and Muller on Scales and Horizons. The Pluralist 11 (1):93-100.
    the number three has played a remarkably active role in many theories, philosophical and otherwise, from the Holy Trinity of Christianity to Aristotle’s golden mean, and to the dialectical thinking of Hegel and Marx. Given the variety of roles the number has played, it might seem an over-reach to find important similarities between two thinkers—one a forester and land manager of the last century, and the other a contemporary architect—based on a shared use of the number. Nevertheless, I will note (...)
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  13. added 2016-03-19
    Daniel J. Brunson (2016). Insuring an Indefinite Future: Sustainability as a Consequence of Royce's Moral Vision. The Pluralist 11 (1):117-125.
    The study of community is an integral part of pragmatist thought, as is the continual reminder to reconstruct and re-evaluate our theories in light of changing conditions. A contemporary, literal, and significant source of changing conditions is anthropogenic global climate change, conjoined with a general increase in concern for non-human life. Already, a great deal of work has been done on applying pragmatist conceptions and insights to these issues.1 However, other pragmatist resources remain to be marshaled. One such resource is (...)
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  14. added 2016-03-19
    Piers H. G. Stephens (2016). Comments on Brook Muller's "The Machine Is a Watershed for Living In ". The Pluralist 11 (1):101-109.
    in a stimulating and rich address, Brook Muller diagnoses some of the problems and challenges that our ecological crises bring to contemporary architecture, and attempts to break out of the conceptual straitjacket of modernism that he sees as contributing to the difficulty of producing original, promising solutions. In particular, he draws attention to the hugely pervasive role of Le Corbusier’s idea of the house as a machine for living in: here, he suggests, Le Corbusier’s enduring influence is manifested not only (...)
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  15. added 2016-03-19
    William Gavin (2016). For Whom the Bell Tolls: Jamesian and Deweyian Reflections on Death and Dying. The Pluralist 11 (1):19-38.
    In this paper, I describe some current developments in death and dying literature—certainty vs. context; death as process vs. death as event; acceptance vs. denial; and the present moment vs. the long run. I then show how the work of James and Dewey can be beneficially applied to these topics. In this way, I hope to be true to the spirit of James and Dewey, following in their “wake,” while extending their insights to a new topic, namely death.Benjamin Franklin once (...)
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  16. added 2016-03-19
    Gregory Fernando Pappas (2016). The Pragmatists' Approach to Injustice. The Pluralist 11 (1):58-77.
    there has been a recent resurgence of pragmatism1 in sociopolitical theory, one in which pragmatism is presented as offering an alternative and promising approach to nonideal theories of justice. This may seem ironic since the record of the classical pragmatists on being explicit about justice or the injustices of their time in their philosophical corpus is a mixed one at best. However, this has not stopped recent philosophers from continuing to draw from the philosophical resources in this tradition to address (...)
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  17. added 2016-03-09
    Samuel Bagg (2016). Between Critical and Normative Theory. Political Research Quarterly 69:1-12.
    Over the last decade, a call for greater “realism” in political theory has challenged the goals and methods that are implicit in much contemporary “normative” theory. However, realists have yet to produce a convincing alternative research program that is “constructive” rather than primarily “critical” in nature. I argue that given their common wariness of a devotion to abstract principles, realists should consider adopting John Dewey’s vision of theoretical expertise as an expansive kind of prediction that engages all of our historical, (...)
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  18. added 2016-03-05
    R. Martinelli (forthcoming). Kant Sul «Pragmatico» E le Origini Del Pragmatismo in Ch.S. Peirce. Esercizi Filosofici 10:x - y.
    Peirce’ s intellectual debt to Kant’ s transcendentalism has been long recognized. In this essay I investigate Kant’ s thoughts on “what is pragmatic” as a source of inspiration for him. Peirce was well acquainted with this often neglected facet of Kant’ s philosophy, that influenced both the core idea and the lexical coinage of his pragmatism. Both thinkers drew attention to the consequences of cognition for human actions. Pointing at the definition of the meaning of a defined notion, however, (...)
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  19. added 2016-03-05
    Riccardo Martinelli (ed.) (forthcoming). Pragmatica E Pragmatismo. Edizioni Università di Trieste.
    This is a preface to the contributions gathered in the issue. They are the outcome of two workshops held at the University of Trieste in 2014 and 2015 on the subject of pragmatics and pragmatism. Besides the obvious lexical affinity, pragmatics and pragmatism share the basic belief that practice and human action play a crucial role in the explanation of meaning and truth, but also in the solution of ethical questions, etc. The text highlights some philosophical questions related to these (...)
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