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Philosophy of the Americas

Edited by Susana Nuccetelli (St. Cloud State University)
Assistant editor: Gregory Fernando Pappas (Texas A&M University)
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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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