- Series: Post-Contemporary Interventions
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Duke University Press Books; Copyright 1998 edition (November 23, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822322455
- ISBN-13: 978-0822322450
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Revival of Pragmatism: New Essays on Social Thought, Law, and Culture (Post-Contemporary Interventions) Copyright 1998 Edition
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Beginning with a historical survey by editor Morris Dickstein of the 20th-century revival of pragmatism in American philosophical circles, this collection of academic essays continues with a typically bold assertion from pragmatism's most prominent modern advocate, Richard Rorty. "Mill's On Liberty provides all the ethical instruction you need," he writes, "all the philosophical advice you are ever going to get about your responsibilities to other human beings." Other contributors consider the influence of pragmatism on social thought, law, and culture. While most of the writers share to some degree the enthusiasm with which federal judge Richard A. Posner elaborates upon the notion of "pragmatic adjudication," there are some naysayers. Richard Weisberg, for example, in his proposal for a countertradition of "codifiers," suggests, "The challenge for us is to develop and perfect our own private beliefs and, if they are good enough, to make them public." And, in his concluding remarks, literary critic Stanley Fish throws some cold water on the fire:
Some people do philosophy, some people (lots more) don't and those who do have not ascended to some rarefied realm of reflection or critical self-consciousness from which they bring back the news to their less enlightened brethren; they merely have the knack of doing a trick some others can't do and the competence they have acquired travels no further than the very small arenas in which that trick is typically performed and rewarded.The Revival of Pragmatism is an intriguing collection of essays that manages for the most part to achieve clarity of prose equal to its rigor of intellect. --Ron Hogan
"[T]he diverse types of contributions to "The Revival of Pragmatism" . . . make the collection a fitting representation of the status of pragmatism discussion in the U. S. today."
--Mark Bauerlein, "Philosophy and Literature"
""The Revival of Pragmatism" is a substantial collection of essays by some of the most distinguished philosophers, legal theorists, cultural historians, and literary critics writing today. . . . Among the pleasures of the volume are some essays that stray outside the usual fare of philosophy, law, and political theory."
--Alan Ryan, "New York Times Book Review"
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The variety of essays provides a good selection of the span of modern pragmatist thought. It includes excellent articles by both Rorty and Putnam, who have very different philosophical takes on pragmatism. A few excellent survey articles on the history of pragmatism and articles that engage specific applications of pragmatist thought. As might be expected, the summary article by Stanley Fish is sure to infuriate some readers.
This is a book for someone who has a background understanding of pragmatism, but wants to learn more the uses to which it is being put.