Stoic Pragmatism

Stoic Pragmatism

John Lachs
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/09/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22376-0
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John Lachs, one of American philosophy's most distinguished interpreters, turns to William James, Josiah Royce, Charles S. Peirce, John Dewey, and George Santayana to elaborate stoic pragmatism, or a way to live life within reasonable limits. Stoic pragmatism makes sense of our moral obligations in a world driven by perfectionist human ambition and unreachable standards of achievement. Lachs proposes a corrective to pragmatist amelioration and stoic acquiescence by being satisfied with what is good enough. This personal, yet modest, philosophy offers penetrating insights into the American way of life and our human character.

Author Bio

John Lachs is Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.


“Lachs uses his interpretations and assessments of leading philosophical figures to craft and express his own original outlook.”
 — Jessica Wahman, Dickinson College

“A direct attack on fundamentalisms of all sorts and on aggressive fanaticisms. . . . Lachs's recommendations for philosophy and for life are rooted in a deeply thought-out individualism that is not individualistic . . . a program for philosophy and a program for life.”
 — Robert E. Innis, University of Massachusetts Lowell

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Table of Contents

1. What Can Philosophy Do to Make Life Better?
2. Stoic Pragmatism
3. Infinite Obligations
4. An Ontology for Stoic Pragmatism
Epilogue: The Personal Value and Social Usefulness of Philosophy

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