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Daniel Brunson
Morgan State University
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    Voluntarism: A Difference That Makes the Difference Between German Idealism and American Pragmatism?Daniel J. Brunson - 2018 - European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 10 (2).
    This paper proposes an alternative perspective on the question of the relationship between German Idealism and American Pragmatism through attention to the philosophy of Josiah Royce. Despite being seen as a Hegelian, Royce declared himself a pragmatist. However, he also called his position Absolute Voluntarism. This paper suggests that the real issue between Idealism and Pragmatism is Intellectualism vs. Voluntarism. This distinction both parallels and cuts across the traditions of German Idealism and American Pragmatism, and promises to open up a (...)
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    Insuring an Indefinite Future: Sustainability as a Consequence of Royce’s Moral Vision.Daniel J. Brunson - 2016 - 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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    Fluency, Satisfaction, Truth: Reassessing James in Light of Some Contemporary Psychology.Daniel J. Brunson - 2016 - Contemporary Pragmatism 13 (1):29-47.
    A notable feature of classical American pragmatism is its close association with the birth of experimental psychology. In particular, William James’ work as a psychologist influenced, and was influenced by, his pragmatism. This paper seeks to support this reading of the relation between Jamesian psychology and pragmatism, particularly through his “Sentiment of Rationality” and the later contention that the true is the satisfactory. In addition, James’ insights are tested and expanded through reference to contemporary research on processing fluency, as well (...)
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    Insuring the Community Against Loss: Roycean Reflections on the Tasks of Interpretation.Daniel J. Brunson - 2013 - The Pluralist 8 (2):36-59.
    In his final years, Josiah Royce worked to develop his theories of community and interpretation in practical directions. In particular, he developed an account of insurance as a special community of interpretation, and proposed the creation of an international board of insurance as a deterrent for war. Rather than evaluating Royce’s policy recommendations, this paper explores how his conception of insurance clarifies his account of interpretation. For Royce, insurance provides the best model for communal interpretation thus far because an insurer (...)
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    Caring About Other People.Daniel J. Brunson - 2022 - The Pluralist 17 (2):8-12.
    during july 2020—eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and four months after the first US stay-at-home orders—a metaphorically viral quote misattributed to Dr. Anthony Fauci spread across social media: "I don't know how to explain to you that you should care about other people." This line encapsulated the frustration of those willing to sacrifice personal autonomy to limit the spread of COVID-19 and highlighted a consistent individualist tension in US culture.How consistent this tension is can be seen by tracing the (...)
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    Common Sense Without a Common Language? Peirce and Reid on the Challenge of Linguistic Diversity.Daniel J. Brunson - 2017 - European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 9 (2).
    A variety of commentators have explored the similarities between pragmatism and Thomas Reid’s Philosophy of Common Sense. Peirce himself claims his version of pragmatism either (loosely) is, or entails, a Critical Common-sensism, a blend of what is best in Kant and Reid. In this paper I argue for a neglected aspect of the relation between Peirce and Reid, and of each to common sense: linguistics. First, I summarize Peirce’s account of what distinguishes his common-sensism from Reid’s. Second, I argue for (...)
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    A Centennial Symposium in Honor of Josiah Royce.Daniel J. Brunson - 2016 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 52 (2):143.
    Perhaps most fundamentally, Josiah Royce was a philosopher of community. As he said in his remarks at the Walton Hotel: “My earliest recollections include a very frequent wonder as to what my elders meant when they said that this was a new community…I wondered, and gradually came to feel that part of my life’s business was to find out what all this wonder meant.”. A true pragmatist, Royce saw that finding out what this wonder meant also involved balancing and dissolving (...)
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    Personal Reflections on Studying Royce After Curry.Daniel J. Brunson - 2021 - The Pluralist 16 (2):30-38.
    I studied Royce a bit as an undergraduate, and in graduate school, I took a course that included readings from Race Questions. Memory was, and is, an abiding interest of mine, and so I focused on that element of Royce’s thought—specifically, the community of memory and of hope in his Problem of Christianity. I suppose I had a naïve sense of Royce’s racism at the time—something along these lines: “Of course, a nineteenth-century white man was racist, but he was not (...)
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    Thinking Through the Imagination: Aesthetics in Human Cognition.Daniel J. Brunson - 2016 - The Pluralist 11 (2):111-117.