C. I. Lewis in Focus

C. I. Lewis in Focus

The Pulse of Pragmatism
Sandra B. Rosenthal
Distribution: World
Publication date: 1/30/2007
ISBN: 978-0-253-11677-2
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C. I. Lewis (1883–1964) was one of the most important thinkers of his generation. In this book, Sandra B. Rosenthal explores Lewis’s philosophical vision, and links his thought to the traditions of classical American pragmatism. Tracing Lewis’s influences, she explains the central concepts informing his thinking and how he developed a unique and practical vision of the human experience. She shows how Lewis contributed to the enrichment and expansion of pragmatism, opening new paths of constructive dialogue with other traditions. This book will become a standard reference for readers who want to know more about one of American philosophy’s most distinguished minds.

Author Bio

Sandra B. Rosenthal is Provost Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University, New Orleans. She is the author of 11 books and approximately 200 articles.


"Rosenthal (Loyola Univ., New Orleans) tackles the work of a prominent Harvard philosopher, C. I. Lewis (1883—1964), with infectious enthusiasm. . . . Rosenthal successfully exposes the main dimensions of Lewis's comprehensive philosophy, and explains its continued vitality and relevance. . . . This is a crucial exposition of one of American philosophy's greatest intellects. . . . Essential." —Choice

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Table of Contents



1. Life, Work, and Importance
2. Rational Certitude and Pragmatic Experimentalism
3. Empirical Certitude and Pragmatic Fallibilism
4. Through Experience to Metaphysics
5. The Process of Valuation
6. Morality and Sociality: An Evolving Enterprise