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"For those interested in understanding the philosophical depth of the naturalist world view, these essays are valuable reading." -- Free Inquiry, December 2003/January 2004

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Pragmatism, the philosophy native to America, has once again grown to prominence in philosophical debate around the world. Today, the type of pragmatism that is proving to be of greatest value for fostering discussions with other world-views is pragmatic naturalism. The fourteen provocative essays in this original collection are all by philosophers who describe themselves as pragmatic naturalists and who are active in the present-day revival of American pragmatism.

Pragmatic naturalism, like all varieties of pragmatism, steers clear of the extreme intellectualism too often found in philosophy. Pragmatic naturalists stress that genuine inquiry must be conducted in a consistently empirical manner and be responsive to real human problems. They also contend that the sciences and their methodologies are superior to other modes of inquiry into the human condition. Despite the curious fact that pragmatism is often taken to be opposed to realism, the essays in this volume assert the interdependence of pragmatism with some type of realistic metaphysical stance. The authors advance the debate between realism and antirealism by uncovering and investigating deep assumptions running through recent Anglo-American philosophy.

These stimulating essays on pragmatism will prove to be essential for philosophers as well as scholars in the natural and social sciences.


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