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Reconstructing Pragmatism

Richard Rorty and the Classical Pragmatists

Chris Voparil

Reconstructing Pragmatism

Reconstructing Pragmatism

Richard Rorty and the Classical Pragmatists

Reconstructing Pragmatism

 

Known as “the bad boy of American philosophy,” Richard Rorty bears a complex relation to the tradition of American pragmatism. Chris Voparil aims to provide a counterweight to the reams of criticism of Rorty's alleged distortions and misunderstandings of the so-called “classical pragmatists” (Peirce, James, Dewey, Royce, Addams).


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Beschrijving Reconstructing Pragmatism

The figure of Richard Rorty stands in complex relation to the tradition of American pragmatism. On the one hand, his intellectual creativity, lively prose, and bridge-building fueled the contemporary resurgence of pragmatism. On the other, his polemical claims and selective interpretations function as a negative, fixed pole against which thinkers of all stripes define themselves. Virtually all pragmatists on the contemporary scene, whether classical or "new,"
Deweyan, Jamesian, or Peircean, use Rorty as a foil to justify their positions. The resulting internecine quarrels and divisions threaten to fragment and thwart the tradition's creative potential. More caricatured than understood, the specter of Rorty continues to block the road of inquiry and future
development of pragmatism.

Reconstructing Pragmatism moves beyond the Rortyan impasse by providing what has been missing for decades: a constructive, non-polemical account of Rorty's relation to classical pragmatism. The first book-length treatment of Rorty's intellectual debt to the early pragmatists, the volume establishes his selective appropriations not as misunderstandings or distortions but a sustained, intentional effort to reconstruct their thinking. Featuring chapters devoted to five key
pragmatist thinkers—Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, John Dewey, Josiah Royce, and Jane Addams—the book draws on archival sources and the full scope of Rorty's writings to challenge prevailing misconceptions and caricatures. By elaborating Rorty's still largely untapped reconstructive resources, the book reveals
limitations in predominant views of the classical pragmatists in current debates and opens up new modes of understanding pragmatism and why it matters today.


ISBN
9780197605721
Pagina's
392
Verschenen
NUR
730
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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