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pragmatists

classical recent
Charles Peirce
William James
F.C.S. Schiller
John Dewey
George Mead
Jane Addams
James Tufts
Edward Ames
Alain Locke
Charles Morris
C. I. Lewis
W. V. Quine
Sidney Hook
Hilary Putnam
Richard Rorty
Nicholas Rescher
Larry Laudan
Joseph Margolis
Paul Kurtz
Mark Johnson
Susan Haack
Cornel West


organizations

Society for the Advancement of
American Philosophy

Institute for American Thought

Charles S. Peirce Society

Arisbe: The Peirce Gateway

Grupo de Estudios Peirceanos

Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism

William James Society

William James Cybrary

John Dewey Society

Center for Dewey Studies

The Mead Project

Centro de Estudos em Filosofia Americana

more organizations...

 

Frederick L. Will

All his books and related materials about his pragmatic realism have been posted by Kenneth Westphal here:

http://illinois.academia.edu/FrederickLWill

Contemporary Pragmatism Book Reviews

These books are available for reviewing. Book reviews are typically 1,000 to 1,500 words in length, and longer reviews for volumes of collected chapters are welcome. To receive a book review assignment, contact assistant editor Daniel Brunson at daniel.brunson@morgan.edu to obtain the style guidelines and make your promise to him that you will submit your review within 60 days. Past 60 days, your review may be published alongside another review on the same book. We are open to suggestions of books not on this list, although they may have already been assigned. Visit the journal's homepage at Brill: www.brill.com/products/journal/contemporary-pragmatism

 

Baldacchino, John. John Dewey: Liberty and the Pedagogy of Disposition. Berlin: Springer, 2014. book information from publisher

Bowden, Sean, Simone Bignall, and Paul Patton, eds. Deleuze and Pragmatism. London: Routledge, 2014. book information from publisher 

Bricklin, Jonathan. The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time: William James's Reluctant Guide to Enlightenment. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015. book information from publisher

Curtis, William M. Defending Rorty: Pragmatism and Liberal Virtue. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015. book information from publisher

Eddy, Beth. Evolutionary Pragmatism and Ethics. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2016. book information from publisher

Grube, Dirk-Martin, and Robert Sinclair, eds. Pragmatism, Metaphysics and Culture: Reflections on the Philosophy of Joseph Margolis. Helsinki: Nordic Pragmatic Network, 2015. book information from publisher

Halliwell, Martin, and Joel Rasmussen. William James and the Transatlantic Conversation: Pragmatism, Pluralism, and Philosophy of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. book information from publisher

Hare, Peter. Pragmatism with Purpose: Selected Writings, ed. Joseph Palencik, Douglas R. Anderson, and Steven A. Miller. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. book information from publisher

Johnston, James Scott. John Dewey's Earlier Logical Theory. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2014. book information from publisher

Lee, Mordecai. The Philosopher-Lobbyist: John Dewey and the People's Lobby, 1828-1940. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2015. book information from publisher

Maattanen, Pentti. Mind in Action: Experience and Embodied Cognition in Pragmatism. New York: Springer, 2015. book information from publisher

McClean, David. 2014. Richard Rorty, Liberalism, and Cosmopolitanism. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2014. book information from publisher

McMahon, Jennifer A. Art and Ethics in a Material World: Kant's Pragmatist Legacy. New York and London: Routledge, 2014. book information from publisher

Oleksy, Mateusz. Realism and Individualism: Charles S. Peirce and the Threat of Modern Nominalism. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2015. book information from publisher

Romanini, Vinicius, and Eliseo Fernandez, eds. Peirce and Biosemiotics - A Guess at the Riddle of Life. Berin and New York: Springer, 2014. book information from publisher

Skowronski, Krzysztof Piotr, ed. Practicing Philosophy as Experiencing Life: Essays on American Pragmatism. Leiden: Brill, 2015. book information from publisher

Shook, John R., and Tibor Solymosi. Pragmatist Neurophilosophy: American Philosophy and the Brain. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. book information from publisher

Solymosi, Tibor, and John R. Shook. Neuroscience, Neurophilosophy, and Pragmatism: Brains at Work with the World. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. book information from publisher

Slater, Michael R. Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Religion. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014. book information from publisher

Thellefsen, Torkild, and Bent Sorensen, eds. Charles Sanders Peirce in His Own Words: 100 Years of Semiotics. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 2014. book information from publisher

White, Ryan. The Hidden God: Pragmatism and Posthumanism in American Thought. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. book information from publisher

Whitehead, Deborah. William James, Pragmatism, and American Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. book information from publisher

Zackariasson, Ulf. Action, Belief and Inquiry: Pragmatist Perspectives on Science, Society and Religion. Helsinki: Nordic Studies in Pragmatism, 2015. book information from publisher

 

events

See the Peirce Society calendar and the SAAP calendar.

Conference on Pragmatism and the Brain

University of North Carolina at Asheville - Thursday June 2, Friday June 3, and Saturday June 4, 2016
*workshops on Thursday & Friday
**main program on Friday evening and Saturday

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS IS NOW APRIL 1, 2016 - submit to Brian Butler at bbutler@unca.edu 

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INVITED SPEAKERS

Dr. Anthony Chemero is Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. His research is both philosophical and empirical, focused on questions related to dynamical modeling, ecological psychology, artificial life, and complex systems. He is the author of the books Radical Embodied Cognitive Science (2009) and, with Stephan Käufer, Phenomenology: An Introduction (2014). He is editing the second edition of The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences.

Dr. James Giordano is Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Professor in the Department of Neurology and Department of Biochemistry, at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. He has authored and edited many books on neuroscience, neurophilosophy and neuroethics, including Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives in Neuroethics (2011) and Neurotechnology: Premises, Potential and Problems (2012).

Dr. Jay Schulkin is a Research Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University. He studied philosophy and also earned a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of many books about the intersections of brain science, psychology, and philosophy, such as Naturalism and Pragmatism (2012) and Pragmatism and the Search for Coherence in Neuroscience (2015).

We invite abstract submissions (600 words) to read a 30-minute paper on the Main Program. If you can arrive Thursday or Friday, join us for workshops with selected presenters along with John Shook (Bowie State) and Tibor Solymosi (Mercyhurst), who recently edited Pragmatist Neurophilosophy: American Philosophy and the Brain (2014) and Neuroscience, Neurophilosophy, and Pragmatism: Brains at Work with the World (2014). Contact jrshook@buffalo.edu for assistance accessing those books. Workshops are open for discussing your ongoing writing projects or new research ideas. The local host is Brian E. Butler, Howerton Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Philosophy Department at UNC Asheville. He is collecting the 600-word abstracts for committee consideration at bbutler@unca.edu  He can also answer questions about local accommodations. Come on down a day or two early – Asheville is beautiful in early June!

 

editorial

The Eclipse of pragmatism?

There has been much talk of pragmatism's "eclipse" during analytic philosophy's greatest dominance from 1950 to 1990. The myth must be corrected: pragmatism was never eclipsed. While pragmatism was a prominent competitor with rival neo-idealisms and new realisms during the first two decades of the 20th century, pragmatism had few representatives across the top twenty philosophy departments. Already quite marginalized in the 1920s and 1930s, the handful of pragmatist professors such as Dewey at Columbia and Mead at Chicago encouraged many of their students to go into psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, education, and economics. Many of the best new minds favorable towards pragmatism strongly influenced the social sciences during the 1940s - 1980s.

 

Where do Pragmatists Come From?

Nearly 300 scholars are included in the Cybrary's lists of philosophy professors whose research and teaching interests include pragmatism. Where did they come from? Which doctoral programs turn out graduates who learned about pragmatism and maintained that interest in their careers? The Pragmatism Cybrary won't rate PhD programs for quality or job placement, but these numbers let you draw your own conclusions. Note that most of these programs have turned out pragmatists for generations.

 

Spotlight: Pragmatism in Philosophy of Mind

Pragmatism was the original functional psychology and cognitive science that (1) explains intelligence in terms of deliberate purposive conduct, and (2) explains knowledge as successful predictions about manipulating nature. Experience and mind are not limited to, or reducible to, brain events -- experience, mind, and the like are evolving natural systems of organism-environment transactions.

 

points of interest

Richard Rorty

Richard Rorty

Richard Rorty (1931-2007) was the most prominent "neo-pragmatist" for three decades, teaching at Princeton, Virginia, and Stanford. His best known books include Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature and Philosophy and Social Hope.

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Contemporary Pragmatism

Contemporary Pragmatism

Contemporary Pragmatism is an interdisciplinary, international journal for discussing pragmatism, and applying pragmatism to current topics.

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