- Series: Modernism and the Crisis of Knowledge and Authority
- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press (May 15, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226148793
- ISBN-13: 978-0226148793
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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In this challenging and well-reasoned work, Diggins (philosophy, CUNY) examines the history of American pragmatism as developed by such thinkers as William James and Charles Sanders Peirce and carried through into the 20th century by the likes of John Dewey, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., and Richard Rorty. He is particularly concerned with the question of whether American pragmatism has succeeded in its goal of creating new methods of knowing based in experience and how well pragmatism, particularly the neopragmatism of Rorty and Habermas, has dealt with the crisis of postmodernism. Pitting one writer's thoughts against another, Diggins's analysis shows clearly that, as with other philosophical systems, pragmatism cannot provide all the answers we seek but that properly employed, it can serve us well. Recommended for all philosophy collections, particularly those specializing in 20th-century critical movements.
Terry Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec
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In this sweeping critique of pragmatism and neopragmatism, a leading intellectual historian traces the attempts of thinkers from William James to Richard Rorty to find a response to the crisis of modernism. John Patrick Diggins analyzes the limitations of pragmatism from a historical perspective to ask whether America's one original contribution to the world of philosophy has actually fulfilled its promise.
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I think Dewey's essay on Darwin tells us something about the subject. Did philosophy really need to be rewritten to Darwin's standard?
Anyway, while long compared with Menand's The Metaphysical Club, this work was compelling every step of the way. I am ready to write up my field notes on the natives. Good show.