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  1. added 2015-01-23
    James Tartaglia (2012). Does Rorty‘s Pragmatism Undermine Itself? European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 4:284-301.
    Paul Boghossian and Hilary Putnam have presented arguments designed to show self-referential difficulties within Rorty‘s pragmatism. I respond to these arguments by drawing out the details of the pragmatic account of justification implicit within Rorty‘s writings, thereby revealing it to be a sophisticated form of relativism that does not under-mine itself. In Section I and II, I motivate my strategy of attributing a positive position to Rorty in order to respond to detailed, analytical arguments such as those of Boghossian, and (...)
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    Roberto Frega & Filipe Carreira da Silva (2012). Editorial Note. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 4:iv-iv.
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    Walter Feinberg (2012). Critical Pragmatist and the Reconnection of Science and Values in Educational Research. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 4:222-240.
    Randomized field experiments, which in the United States has been proposed as the gold standard of educational research, is dismissed by some critics as ―positivistic‖. Although this dismissal over identifies positivism with a specific research method, the larger point is accurate: the ―gold standard‖ is often insensi-tive to local situations and human value and philosophical positivism supports and en-courages this insensitivity. In this paper I examine the way positivism is limited in terms of its understanding of the role of values (...)
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    Mats Bergman (2012). Pragmatism as a Communication-Theoretical Tradition: An Assessment of Craig‘s Pro-Posal. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 4:208-221.
    Of recent attempts to appropriate pragmatism for communication studies, Rob-ert Craig‘s inclusion of a pragmatist ―tradition‖ in his influential ―metamodel‖ of commu-nication theoriesconstitutes one of the most prominent proposals to date. In this model, pragmatism is principally understood by contrast to other alternatives, such as phenome-nology, semiotics, and rhetoric. As a communication-theoretical tradition in Craig‘s sense, the pragmatist approach is expected to provide distinctive articulations of the na-ture of communication and communication problems, expressed in a particular vocabu-lary. Useful as such (...)
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    Richard Bernstein (2011). Continuing the Conversation. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:240-243.
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    Susan Haack (2011). Pragmatism, Law, and Morality: The Lessons of Buck V. Bell. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:66-87.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – a founding member of the Metaphysical Club, and traditionally regarded as the first legal pragmatist – would eventually become a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In one of his best-known rulings for the Court, Buck v. Bell , Holmes held that Carrie Buck’s constitutional rights would not be violated by al-lowing the State of Virginia to sterilize her against her will. This disturbing ruling has sometimes been thought to confirm criticisms of Holmes’s moral skepticism. (...)
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    James O'shea (2011). Objective Truth and the Practice Relativity of Justification in the Pragmatic Turn. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:216-222.
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    Peter Manicas (2011). American Social Science: The Irrelevance of Pragmatism. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:1-23.
    This essay rejects the idea that pragmatism and especially Dewey had an influ-ence on the development of American social science. It is true and important that the dis-ciplines of American social science were institutionalized during the same period as the work of the classical pragmatists, and that they responded to the increasingly dominant view of a proper view of science and its social role. But it is not difficult to show that they sketched alternative conceptions which utterly failed. Both Peirce (...)
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    Richard Bernstein (2011). Filosofía y Democracia: John Dewey, Herder, Barcelona 2010, Edited by Ramón Del Casti-Llo and Translated by Alicia García Ruiz. By Núria Sara Miras Boronat. [REVIEW] European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:181-185.
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    Kalle Puolakka (2011). Naturalism and Metaphors. Towards a Rortian Pragmatist Aesthetics. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:163-175.
    This paper outlines a pragmatist aesthetic theory on the basis of themes relating to naturalism, metaphor, and solidarity found in Richard Rorty’s neopragmatism. A cen-tral part of this attempt is to show that some previous readings of Rorty’s work in aesthet-ics are misguided. I begin by raising aspects of Rorty’s work that have been previously largely overlooked in aesthetics and philosophy of art, and which I believe undermine particularly Richard Shusterman’s critical reading of Rorty. I shall then move on to (...)
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    James Johnson (2011). Between Political Inquiry and Democratic Faith: A Pragmatist Approach to Visualizing Publics1. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:167-185.
    In the post-War decades political science in the United States has been animated by two seemingly incompatible aims. On the one hand, the discipline is committed to sci-entific inquiry interpreted in largely positivist terms. On the other hand, the discipline as-pires to generate knowledge that might improve democratic politics. I start by sketching pragmatist interpretations of social and political inquiry, of democratic politics, and of how the two are related. Problems of complexity and visibility emerge as central to those interpretations. (...)
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    Kenneth Stikkers (2011). Dewey, Economic Democracy, and the Mondragon Cooperatives. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:186-200.
    This article argues that the Mondragon cooperatives, a network of worker-owned businesses in the Basque region of Spain, offers a concrete example of Deweyan economy, wherein democracy is part of everyday work-life. It first identifies three central features of Deweyan economy: a) its notion of economic growth is rooted in human growth; b) it is organic and evolutionary, not ideological or utopian; and c) it is empirical and experimental. Second, the article sketches some of the important historical and phi-losophical influences (...)
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    Roberto Frega & Filipe Carreira da Silva (2011). Editors’ Introduction to the Symposia. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:v-8.
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    Christopher Hookway (2011). James’s Epistemology and the Will to Believe. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:30-38.
    William James’s paper “The Will to Believe” defends some distinctive and con-troversial views about the normative standards that should be adopted when we are re-flecting upon what we should believe. He holds that, in certain special kinds of cases, it is rational to believe propositions even if we have little or no evidence to support our be-liefs. And, in such cases, he holds that our beliefs can be determined by what he calls “passional considerations” which include “fear and hope, prejudice (...)
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    Jaime Nubiola (2011). The Reception of William James in Continental Europe. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:73-85.
    By the time of his death in 1910 at the age of 68 years, William James had be-come the most influential thinker not just of his own period, but indeed of any period. As the sociologist Jack Barbalet has written: “His European reputation was possibly even higher than his standing in America. James not only represented to European thinkers the American advances in psychology and philosophy, for which he was largely responsible, but he entered into the formation of contemporary European (...)
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    J. Shook & J. Good (2011). John Dewey’s Philosophy of Spirit, with the 1897 Lecture on Hegel, Fordham University Press, New York 2010, Pp. 197, by Roberto Gronda. [REVIEW] European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:305-315.
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    Eugene Halton (2011). Pragmatic E-Pistols. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:41-63.
    If pragmatists conceive of thought as an internal dialogue, then why not exter-nalize that thought as a dialogue in the form of letters to the major pragmatists concerning their ideas in the contemporary world. This piece consists of letters fired off to William James, Charles Peirce, George Herbert Mead, and John Dewey, concerning key ideas from each and how these ideas relate to contemporary social thought. Queries are posed concerning what modifications of pragmatists’ ideas might be needed today, how, for (...)
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    Bill Lawson (2011). Of President Barack H. Obama and Others: Public Policy, Race-Talk, and Pragmatism. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:113-131.
    The election of Barack H. Obama as President of the United States was a sig-nificant event in the social and political history of the United States. His election as the first non-white male President has been seen as a sign of the changing racial attitudes of white Americans. Nonetheless, the specter of race and racism haunts his presidency. As the first African American president, he has to show the black community that he has their social, political, and economic interests on (...)
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    George Mead (2011). The Philosophy of Education, Paradigm Publishers, 2008, Edited and Introduced by Gert Biesta and Daniel Tröhler. By Filipe Carreira da Silva. [REVIEW] European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3:303-304.
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    Kalle Puolakka (2010). Embodying Pragmatism. Richard Shusterman’s Philosophy and Literary Theory. [REVIEW] European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2:233-239.
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    Martin Shuster (2010). Internal Relations and the Possibility of Evil: On Cavell and Monstrosity. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2:74-84.
    In this article, I examine Cavell's understanding and deployment of the catego-ries of 'evil' and the 'monstrous' in The Claim of Reason. Arguing that these notions can-not be understood apart from Cavell's reliance on the notion of an 'internal relation,' I trace this notion to its Wittgensteinian roots. Ultimately, I show that Cavell's view of evil allows us to navigate between two horns of a classic dilemma in thinking about evil: it al-lows us to see evil as neither a privation (...)
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    Susan Haack (2010). The Differences That Make a Difference: William James on the Importance of Individuals. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2:3-12.
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    Sarin Marchetti (2010). Sergio Franzese Reader of James. [REVIEW] European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2:228-232.
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    Sami Pihlström (2010). Nordic Pragmatism. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2:108-120.
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    Piergiorgio Donatelli, Roberto Frega & Sandra Laugier (2010). Introduction to the Symposia: Pragmatism, Trascendentalism, and Perfectionism. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2:iv-4.
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    Anthony Graybosch (2010). Saints? European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2:100-107.
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    Russell Goodman (2010). Emerson and Skepticism: A Reading of "Friendship". European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2:5-15.
    Recent conversations with friends and students about Emerson's essay on friendship lead me to suspect that at least some of you will find Emerson's views so strange or radical as not to be about friendship at all. Others will be struck by his anticipations of Nietzsche, whose name I in-troduce here because like Nietzsche, who read him carefully, Emerson is a genealogist and refash-ioner of morals. When Emerson criticizes our normal friendships by writing that we mostly "descend to meet," he (...)
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    Christopher Hookway (2009). Lotze and the Classical Pragmatists. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 1:44-52.
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    Michele Marsonet (2009). Pragmatism and Political Pluralism. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 1:92-99.
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    Rosa Calcaterra, Roberto Frega & Giovanni Maddalena (2009). Foreword. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 1:1-1.
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    Larry Hickman (2009). Why American Philosophy? Why Now? European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 1:41-43.
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    Jaime Nubiola & Sara Barrena (2009). Charles Peirce’s First Visit to Europe, 1870-71: Scientific Cooperation and Artistic Creativity. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 1:100-117.
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    Rosaria Egidi (2009). Von Wright’s Philosophical Humanism. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 1:127-134.
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    Roberto Frega (2009). Pragmatism as Transition. Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty, Columbia University Press, New York, 2009. [REVIEW] European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 1:135-141.
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    Joseph Margolis (2009). Constructing a Person: A Clue to the New Unity of the Arts and Sciences. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 1:70-91.
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  36. added 2015-01-22
    Patrick K. Dooley (1988). American Philosophy. Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 16 (51):10-10.
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    Joseph G. Grassi (1981). Ballots. Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 9 (29):2-2.
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    Brendan Hogan (forthcoming). Pragmatic Hegemony: Questions and Convergence. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 29 (1).
  39. added 2015-01-13
    Ellen Kappy Suckiel (1996). Heaven's Champion: William James's Philosophy of Religion. University of Notre Dame Press.
    Suckiel offers readers a new perspective on James. For those interested in the philosophy of religion in general, and James’s views in particular, this work will be of considerable interest.
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    Ellen Kappy Suckiel (1984). The Pragmatic Philosophy of William James. University of Notre Dame Press.
    In this comprehensive and critical study of James’s pragmatism, Ellen Kappy Suckiel analyzes his theories and establishes their value as a technical and systematic philosophy. Examining in detail James’s philosophical methodology and psychology, and his theories of meaning, truth, and reality, she demonstrates both the subtleties and limitations of his pragmatic philosophy. With extensive use of both primary and secondary sources throughout, she concludes her study with an analysis of James’s ethical theory and his controversial proposals concerning “the will to (...)
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    Brendan Hogan (2014). Criticism and Pragmatic Philosophy of Social Science. In José Manuel Bermudo (ed.), Figuras de la dominación. ISBN: 978-84-15212-22-5. Horsori.
  42. added 2015-01-07
    Jeremy William Dunham (forthcoming). Idealism, Pragmatism, and the Will to Believe: Charles Renouvier and William James. British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
    This article investigates the history of the relation between idealism and pragmatism by examining the importance of the French idealist Charles Renouvier for the development of William James’s ‘Will to Believe’. By focusing on French idealism, we obtain a broader understanding of the kinds of idealism on offer in the nineteenth century. First, I show that Renouvier’s unique methodological idealism led to distinctively pragmatist doctrines and that his theory of certitude and its connection to freedom is worthy of reconsideration. Second, (...)
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    Jeremy Dunham (forthcoming). Review of Cheryl Misak's 'The American Pragmatists'. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly.
  44. added 2014-11-23
    Steven A. Miller (2014). John Dewey is a Tool: Lessons From Rorty and Brandom on the History of Pragmatism. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):246-264.
    Richard Rorty’s writings have long frustrated scholars of classical American philosophy. Robert Brandom’s recent engagements with the history of pragmatism have been met with similar disdain. This essay draws on Larry A. Hickman’s theory of technology and tool-use to find a productive framework for thinking through these interpretations. Foregrounding the purposes that guide their readings, we may find value where many readers have seen only ignorance. This strategy does not embrace interpretive relativism, nor does it preclude all scholarly criticism, but (...)
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    I. V. Ermine L. Algaier (2014). Epistemic Sensitivity and the Alogical: William James, Psychical Research, and the Radical Empiricist Attitude. The Pluralist 9 (3):95-109.
    Strange as it may seem today—especially given James’s reputation as a brilliant psychologist, an astute writer on religious life, and the eminent founder of pragmatism—no facet of James’s career received more ink in the general press than psychical research, at least during his lifetime.in his masterful introduction to Essays in Psychical Research, Robert McDermott observes that 1896 was a significant year for William James. He writes of James as a “weaver of intellectual and experiential threads” who “labored for the removal (...)
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  46. added 2014-11-04
    David Rondel (2014). Review of Pragmatism, Law, and Language. [REVIEW] Law and Philosophy 33 (5):683-688.
  47. added 2014-11-04
    David Rondel (2014). Review of The Cambridge Companion to Pragmatism. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews: 2014.08.18.
    This book, one of the most recent in Cambridge University Press's large and growing companion series, provides a well-rounded overview of American pragmatism's beginnings, its "revival" in the mid to late twentieth century, and some of the ways in which it might be "put to work" in addressing questions about aesthetics, politics, religion, law, and education. -/- The volume begins with an introduction by editor Alan Malachowski, which helpfully sets out American pragmatism's "orientation," a few of its guiding themes, along (...)
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