Buy New
$23.36
Qty:1
  • List Price: $25.95
  • Save: $2.59 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Pragmatism: A Guide for t... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Pragmatism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed) Paperback – December 9, 2008


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$23.36
$4.89 $7.48
$23.36 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

Pragmatism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed) + Pragmatism: An Introduction
Price for both: $46.65

Buy the selected items together
  • Pragmatism: An Introduction $23.29

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Guides for the Perplexed
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826498582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826498588
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"A strong series of guides, aimed at the student market looking for more than just a basic introduction and overview on the subjects addressed. Each one is well written and contains enough information to get a student well-versed in the subjects at hand and form a strong basis for further study." - Publishing News, 2008


Mention —Book News, February 2009

"...this well-written, thought-provoking book may be recommended to anyone interested in pragmatism, especially students and general readers who may not yet be thoroughly acquainted with this philosophical tradition" - Sami Pihlström, Human Affairs

Mention –Book News, February 2009

"...this well-written, thought-provoking book may be recommended to anyone interested in pragmatism, especially students and general readers who may not yet be thoroughly acquainted with this philosophical tradition" - Sami Pihlström, Human Affairs

About the Author

Robert B. Talisse is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, USA. His previous publications include Democracy After Liberalism (Routledge, 2005) and A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy (Routledge, 2007).
Scott F. Aikin is Lecturer in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, USA.

More About the Author

Robert B. Talisse is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Vanderbilt University. He writes mainly about political philosophy, with special interest in democratic theory, liberalism, justice, and pluralism. Talisse also pursues interests in American pragmatism, social epistemology, and argumentation theory. Many of these interests are brought together in his 2009 book, *Democracy and Moral Conflict* (Cambridge University Press), where he argues that there are shared epistemic principles underlying even our most vehement moral disputes, and that these principles are robust enough to sustain democratic commitments despite deep moral conflicts.

Talisse has recently co-authored a book with Scott Aikin about public political argumentation titled *Why We Argue (And How We Should)*, which will be available in the fall of 2013. His *Engaging Political Philosophy* will be published later in 2014. Talisse is co-host of the podcast, *New Books in Philosophy*, and a monthly columnist for the blog *3 Quarks Daily*.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory J. Casteel on January 11, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The American philosophical tradition known as "pragmatism" began with an 1878 article by Charles Sanders Peirce titled, "How to Make Our Ideas Clear". Given the title of this seminal article, I've always found it somewhat ironic that most of the books and articles I've had the opportunity to read about pragmatism have been quite abstruse, and anything but clear. I expect works on Continental philosophy, analytic philosophy, or linguistic philosophy to be rather dense and esoteric; but if any philosophical tradition ought to be discussed in plain, easy-to-understand language, it really ought to be pragmatism, don't you think? After all, pragmatism is supposed to be the "anti-philosophical" philosophy -- a philosophy for practical-minded thinkers who are more interested in problem solving than navel gazing. Aren't philosophers in the pragmatist tradition supposed to be trying to bring some much-needed clarity to the sorts of issues that affect the lives of real people rather than debating arcane questions that only philosophers care about? So why is it that most scholarly books and articles about pragmatism are virtually unintelligible to anyone who doesn't have an advanced degree in philosophy? As someone who actually has a lot of respect for the pragmatist philosophical tradition, this is the one thing that has annoyed me the most about most of the books I've read on the subject.

But this book is the exception. It is refreshingly easy to read and understand. One might even say that it takes a "pragmatic" approach to the discussion of the core ideas of pragmatism, by making those ideas clear. If I had to recommend just one book to anyone who wants to learn what pragmatism is all about, this is the book I'd have to recommend.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Carroll on January 16, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Takes an honest, not dumbed-down stab at explaining a complex subject -- a philosophy born of 3 minds (Pierce, James, Dewey), not one.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?