100 Years of Pragmatism

100 Years of Pragmatism

William James's Revolutionary Philosophy
Edited by John J. Stuhr
Distribution: World
Publication date: 1/1/2010
Format: paper 228 pages
6.125 x 9.25 x .601
ISBN: 978-0-253-22142-1
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William James claimed that his Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking would prove triumphant and epoch-making. Today, after more than 100 years, how is pragmatism to be understood? What has been its cultural and philosophical impact? Is it a crucial resource for current problems and for life and thought in the future? John J. Stuhr and the distinguished contributors to this multidisciplinary volume address these questions, situating them in personal, philosophical, political, American, and global contexts. Engaging James in original ways, these 11 essays probe and extend the significance of pragmatism as they focus on four major, overlapping themes: pragmatism and American culture; pragmatism as a method of thinking and settling disagreements; pragmatism as theory of truth; and pragmatism as a mood, attitude, or temperament.

Author Bio

John J. Stuhr is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and American Studies and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Emory University. He is author of John Dewey; Genealogical Pragmatism: Philosophy, Experience, and Community; and Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and the Future of Philosophy. He is co-editor of The Journal of Speculative Philosophy.


"A well-balanced, interdisciplinary critical assessment of the ways that James understood pragmatism and the ways that understanding is still valid, helpful, and in need of revision and amplification for today's culture and contemporary needs." —Richard Shusterman, Florida Atlantic University

"Overall, this volume consists of well-written essays that ought to prompt a thoughtful reconsideration of William James's thought and its place in American culture. . . . Recommended." —
Choice , October 2010, Vol. 48, No. 2

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: 100 Years of Pragmatism / John J. Stuhr
1. James's Pragmatism and American Culture, 1907—2007 / James T. Kloppenberg
2. The Enemies of Pragmatism / Mark Bauerlein
3. The Earth Must Resume Its Rights: A Jamesian Genealogy of Immaturity / Ross Posnock
4. Pragmatism and Death: Method vs. Metaphor, Tragedy vs. the Will to Believe / William J. Gavin
5. William James's Pragmatism: A Distinctly Mixed Bag / Bruce Wilshire
6. The Deconstruction of Traditional Philosophy in William James's Pragmatism / Richard M. Gale
7. James on Truth and Solidarity: The Epistemology of Diversity and the Politics of Specificity / José M. Medina
8. Pragmatism, Nihilism, and Democracy: What Is Called Thinking at the End of Modernity? / James Livingston
9. Active Tension / Linda Simon
10. Reflections on the Future of Pragmatism / Ruth Anna Putnam
11. Looking toward Last Things: James's Pragmatism beyond Its First Century / John J. Stuhr

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