David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Pragmatist Metaphysics proposes a pragmatist re-articulation of the nature, aims and methods of metaphysics. Rather than regarding metaphysics as a ‘first philosophy’, an inquiry into the world independent of human perspectives, the pragmatist views metaphysics as an inquiry into categorizations of reality laden with human practices. Insofar as our categorizations of reality are practice-laden, they are also, inevitably, value-laden. Sami Pihlström argues that metaphysics does not, then, study the world’s ‘own’ categorial structure, but a structure we, through our conceptual and practical activities, impose on the reality we experience and interact with. Engaging with the classical American pragmatists, in particular William James, and neopragmatists, including Hilary Putnam, the author seeks to correct long-held misconceptions regarding the nature of the relationship between metaphysics and pragmatism. He argues that a coherent metaphysical alternative to the currently fashionable realist metaphysics emerges from pragmatism and that pragmatism itself should be reinterpreted in a metaphysically serious manner. Moreover, the book argues that, from a pragmatist perspective, metaphysics must be inextricably linked with ethics.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$7.96 used (95% off) $9.36 new (94% off) $148.00 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
|Call number||BD111.P54 2009|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Sami Pihlström (2011). Morton White’s Philosophy of Culture: Holistic Pragmatism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Human Affairs 21 (2):140-156.
Sami Pihlström (2009). Ethical Unthinkabilities and Philosophical Seriousness. Metaphilosophy 40 (5):656-670.
Sami Pihlström (2014). Realism as Part of Pragmatism. Metascience 23 (3):565-572.
Similar books and articles
Osmo Kivinen & Tero Piiroinen (2006). Toward Pragmatist Methodological Relationalism: From Philosophizing Sociology to Sociologizing Philosophy. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 36 (3):303-329.
Sami Pihlström (2008). How (Not) to Write the History of Pragmatist Philosophy of Science? Perspectives on Science 16 (1):26-69.
Joseph W. Long (2002). Who's a Pragmatist: Distinguishing Epistemic Pragmatism and Contextualism. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 16 (1):39-49.
Jon Avery (1993). Three Types of American Neo-Pragmatism. Journal of Philosophical Research 18:1-13.
Osmo Kivinen & Tero Piiroinen (2007). Sociologizing Metaphysics and Mind: A Pragmatist Point of View on the Methodology of the Social Sciences. [REVIEW] Human Studies 30 (2):97 - 114.
H. G. Callaway (1997). Review of Sidney Hook, The Metaphysics of Pragmatism. [REVIEW] Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society 33 (No. 3):799-808.
Italo Testa (2009). Brandom's Reconstructive Rationality. Some Pragmatist Themes. Towards an Analytic Pragmatism. Workshop on Bob Brandom's Recent Philosophy of Language.
Heikki J. Koskinen & Sami Pihlström (2006). Quine and Pragmatism. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42 (3):309-346.
Sami Pihlström (2010). Toward a Pragmatically Naturalist Metaphysics of the Fact-Value Entanglement. Journal of Philosophical Research 35:323-352.
Megan Doherty (2011). Pragmatist Metaphysics: An Essay on the Ethical Grounds of Ontology. American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 32 (3):281-285.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads39 ( #113,031 of 1,938,672 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #216,993 of 1,938,672 )
How can I increase my downloads?