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    A Common-Sense Pragmatic Theory of Truth.John Capps - 2020 - Philosophia 48 (2):463-481.
    Truth is a fundamental philosophical concept that, despite its common and everyday use, has resisted common-sense formulations. At this point, one may legitimately wonder if there even is a common-sense notion of truth or what it could look like. In response, I propose here a common-sense account of truth based on four “truisms” that set a baseline for how to go about building an account of truth. Drawing on both ordinary language philosophy and contemporary pragmatic approaches to truth, I defend (...)
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    Did Dewey Have a Theory of Truth?John Capps - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (1):39.
    Despite increased interest in pragmatic theories of truth, Dewey’s approach has not received the same degree of attention as other pragmatists such as Peirce and James. This may seem rather surprising given the sheer quantity Dewey published in his lifetime, much of it focused on issues of epistemology and scientific inquiry. On the other hand, this might seem not surprising at all, since Dewey often went to some effort, especially near the end of his career, to avoid the concept of (...)
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    Radical Pragmatism: An Operator’s Guide.John Capps - 2014 - European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 6 (2).
    Huw Price has recently argued that representationalism – the notion that the primary function of statements is to represent the world – is an utter failure. In its place he proposes a “global expressivism” that instead links the meaning of statements to how they are used. This makes his global expressivism a kind of pragmatism: a linguistic pragmatism because it focuses on linguistic meaning; a radical pragmatism because it rejects representationalism across the board. Price also introduces a distinction between two (...)
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    A Pragmatic Argument for a Pragmatic Theory of Truth.John Capps - 2017 - Contemporary Pragmatism 14 (2):135-156.
    Even though pragmatic theories of truth are not widely held, they have advantages not found elsewhere. Here I focus on one such advantage: that a pragmatic theory of truth does not limit the range of truth-apt beliefs and thereby “block the way of inquiry.” Furthermore, I argue that this speaks for a particular formulation of the pragmatic theory of truth, one that shifts away from Peircean approaches and their emphasis on temporal independence, and toward a theory that instead emphasizes truth’s (...)
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    Addressing Controversies in Science Education: A Pragmatic Approach to Evolution Education.David Hildebrand, Kimberly Bilica & John Capps - 2008 - Science & Education 17 (8-9):1033-1052.
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    Naturalism, Pragmatism, and Design.John Capps - 2000 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14 (3):161-178.
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    Dewey, Quine, and Pragmatic Naturalized Epistemology.John Capps - 1996 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 32 (4):634 - 667.
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    You've Got to Be Kidding!: How Jokes Can Help You Think.John Capps & Donald Capps - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _You've Got to Be Kidding!: How Jokes Can Help You Think_ is a thoughtful and accessible analysis of the ways in which jokes illustrate how we think critically, and how the thinking process goes awry in everyday human situations Uses jokes to illustrate the various mistakes or fallacies that are typically identified and discussed in courses on critical reasoning Provides an effective way to learn critical thinking skills since jokes often describe real-life situations where it really matters whether a person (...)
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    Pragmatism and the McCarthy Era.John Capps - 2003 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 39 (1):61 - 76.
  10. Achieving Pluralism (Why Aids Activists Are Different From Creationists).John Capps - 2002 - In F. Thomas Burke, D. Micah Hester & Robert B. Talisse (eds.), Dewey's Logical Theory: New Studies and Interpretations. Vanderbilt University Press. pp. 239--261.
     
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    Cheryl Misak, Cambridge Pragmatism: From Peirce and James to Ramsey and Wittgenstein.John Capps - 2017 - Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 5 (3).
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    Even Worse Than It Seems: Transformative Experience and the Selection Problem.John Capps - 2018 - Journal of Philosophical Research 43:113-124.
    Laurie Paul has recently proposed that transformative experiences are a distinct challenge to our ability to make rational decisions about our futures. In response, many have claimed that the situation is not as bad as it seems and that it is possible to rationally choose to undergo a transformative experience. Here I argue that the situation is actually worse because the current debate has so far only been framed in terms of comparing a transformative experience to the familiar status quo. (...)
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    Even Worse Than It Seems.John Capps - 2018 - Journal of Philosophical Research 43:113-124.
    Laurie Paul has recently proposed that transformative experiences are a distinct challenge to our ability to make rational decisions about our futures. In response, many have claimed that the situation is not as bad as it seems and that it is possible to rationally choose to undergo a transformative experience. Here I argue that the situation is actually worse because the current debate has so far only been framed in terms of comparing a transformative experience to the familiar status quo. (...)
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    From Global Expressivism to Global Pragmatism.John Capps - 2018 - Metaphilosophy 49 (1-2):71-89.
    In the twentieth century, questions of meaning and representation played a central role in the development of pragmatism and analytic philosophy. Present-day neopragmatism, such as Huw Price's “global expressivism,” is often framed in terms of a nonrepresentationalist theory of meaning. While some neopragmatists, such as Robert Brandom, advocate a more local approach, this article argues for taking Price's global expressivism to its next logical step: global pragmatism. Global pragmatism prioritizes the behavior-guiding function of language and redefines representation in operational terms. (...)
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    George Reisch; How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science. [REVIEW]John M. Capps - 2006 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42 (1):167-171.
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    Huw Price. Expressivism, Pragmatism and Representationalism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 214 Pp. Cloth ISBN 978-1-107-00984-4. Paper ISBN 978-0-521-27906-2. [REVIEW]John Capps - 2013 - Contemporary Pragmatism 10 (2):193-200.
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  17. James and Dewey on Belief and Experience.Donald Capps & John Capps (eds.) - 2004 - University of Illinois Press.
     
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  18. Jamesian Truth: Comments on Charlene Haddock Seigfried's William James's Radical Reconstruction of Philosophy.John Capps - 2006 - William James Studies 1.
     
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    Larry Hickman, Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001. Pp. Xi + 215. ISBN 0-253-33869-7. [REVIEW]John Capps - 2004 - Contemporary Pragmatism 1 (1):184-187.
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    McCarthyism and American Philosophy.John Capps - 2004 - Philosophy Now 46:14-17.
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    Pragmatism, Feminism, and the Sameness-Difference Debate.John Capps - 1996 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 32 (1):65 - 105.
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    Playing Fair by William James.John Capps - 2019 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 55 (1):65.
    In "The Moral Equivalent of War" William James drew attention to what he called the "esthetical and ethical" aspects of war and military service. He argues that, if war is ever to be replaced by a state of durable, permanent peace, then the "manly virtues" of discipline and duty must be redirected into more positive directions. James envisions a kind of conscripted civilian service where young men would work in mines, steel-mills, construction, and "get the childishness knocked out of them." (...)
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    Review: George Reisch. How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. [REVIEW]John Capps - 2006 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42 (1):167-171.
  24. Robert Talisse and Robert Tempio, Eds, Sidney Hook on Pragmatism, Democracy, and Freedom. [REVIEW]John Capps - 2004 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 40 (3):554-557.
     
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    Sidney Hook and Anti-Communism.John Capps - 2004 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 40 (4):803 - 816.
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    Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life by John Kaag. [REVIEW]John Capps - 2020 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 56 (1):110-113.
    It says something about the topic of John Kaag’s book that the subtitle “How William James Can Save Your Life” seems so easy to swallow. It’s hard to imagine a similar subtitle for Peirce or Dewey, or most any contemporary philosopher, and I wouldn’t hold my breath for “How C.S. Peirce Can Mend Your Finances” or “How John Dewey Can Improve Your Writing.” But for James the subtitle works. Maybe it’s because, for James, the connection between philosophy and life seems (...)
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    Truth and the Goldilocks Principle.John Capps - 2020 - Think 19 (55):65-74.
    Theories of truth are designed to help us understand this fundamental philosophical concept. But some theories of truth do too little while others do too much. Some theories omit important aspects of truth while other theories place limits on what's true and what we can know. Because theories that do too much can have significant drawbacks I propose what I call the Goldilocks Principle. Theories of truth should not do too much or too little but aim to be just right.
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    The Dynamic Individualism of William James (Review).John Capps - 2008 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44 (3):pp. 550-555.
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    The Pragmatism of Frederick L. Will.John Capps - 1999 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 35 (3):475 - 499.
    In his later years Frederick Will took a pragmatic approach to the justification of beliefs and norms. Here I trace the development of his pragmatism through his early ordinary language philosophy and subsequent antifoundationalism. I then compare his pragmatic naturalism with Dewey's instrumentalism: while both are pragmatists of the center (not so left-leaning as Rorty and James, for example), Will's realism places him to the right of Dewey. While Will's refreshingly aware that justification is a complex affair, I conclude that (...)
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    William James and the Will to Alieve.John Capps - 2020 - Contemporary Pragmatism 17 (1):1-20.
    William James’ “The Will to Believe” continues to attract scholarly attention. This might seem surprising since James’ central claim—that one may justifiably believe p despite having inconclusive evidence for p—seems both very clear and also very wrong. I argue that many of the interpretive and substantive challenges of this essay can be overcome by framing James’ thesis in terms of what Tamar Gendler defines as “alief.” I consider two readings of James’ position and conclude that the “will to believe” rests (...)
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    What We Talk About When We Talk About Truth: Dewey, Wittgenstein, and the Pragmatic Test.John Capps - forthcoming - International Journal of Philosophical Studies:1-22.
    Pragmatic theories of truth need to pass the pragmatic test: they need to make a difference. Unfortunately, defenders of the pragmatic theory have rarely applied this test. I argue that a Deweyan p...
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