The Reception of Early American Pragmatism

Cheryl Misak

in The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199219315
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Reception of Early American Pragmatism

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Pragmatism is America's home-grown philosophy. The thought at its core is that we must look to the consequences of a concept in order fully to understand it. The view that is most associated with pragmatism is its inquiry-cantered, anti-foundationalist account of truth, on which truth is not a relationship between our beliefs and the believer-independent world, but rather is the best we human inquirers can do. Although the early pragmatists made very significant contributions to other branches of philosophy and to other fields of investigation (Peirce in logic, James in psychology, Dewey in education), this article confines itself in this article to what most philosophers think of when they think of pragmatism.

Keywords: American pragmatism; American philosophy; anti-foundationalists; beliefs; human inquirers

Article.  11076 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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