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Chapter 1 - Introduction

Thirteen ways of looking at pragmatism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2014

Joan Richardson
Affiliation:
City University of New York
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“All things converge on feelings,” the Buddha says…. Feeling is the past being taken up into the present. It is the vector character of many things being synthesized as the fulfilled reason.

nolan pliny jacobson,Understanding Buddhism

There is still an air of provincialism about pragmatism…. [But Donald] Davidson may have been right when he wrote that “a sea change” is occurring in recent philosophical thought – “a change so profound that we may not recognize that it is occurring.” If the change of which Davidson spoke is someday recognized as having occurred [then] Peirce, James, and Dewey may cease to be treated as provincial figures. They may be given the place I think they deserve in the story of the West’s intellectual progress.

richard rorty, “Pragmatism as Anti-Representationalism”

Pent in, as the pragmatist more than anyone else sees himself to be, between the whole body of funded truths squeezed from the past and the coercions of the world of sense about him, who so well as he feels the immense pressure of objective control under which our minds perform their operations? If any one imagines that this law is lax, let him keep its commandments one day, says Emerson. We have heard much of late of the uses of imagination in science. It is high time to urge the use of a little imagination in philosophy.

william james,Pragmatism
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Pragmatism and American Experience
An Introduction
, pp. 1 - 30
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2014

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  • Introduction
  • Joan Richardson, City University of New York
  • Book: Pragmatism and American Experience
  • Online publication: 05 June 2014
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139023900.002
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  • Introduction
  • Joan Richardson, City University of New York
  • Book: Pragmatism and American Experience
  • Online publication: 05 June 2014
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139023900.002
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  • Introduction
  • Joan Richardson, City University of New York
  • Book: Pragmatism and American Experience
  • Online publication: 05 June 2014
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139023900.002
Available formats
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