Some Preliminary Remarks on the Origins of Pragmatism

Douglas R. Anderson

in Philosophy Americana

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225507
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235506 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Some Preliminary Remarks on the Origins of Pragmatism

Show Summary Details


This chapter explores the origins of pragmatism between 1898 and 1916. Intellects like Herbert Schneider, Joseph Blau, and others, kept the pragmatic tradition alive, but it became highly visible when Richard Rorty confronted that tradition with its own limitations. The neopragmatic movement brought new readers to the texts of Peirce, James, Schiller, and Dewey. James brought pragmatism to religion, to humanistic psychology, and to the sociology of science. Pierce influenced the notion of scientific method, legal interpretation, and linguistic analysis. Dewey brought pragmatism to American culture through his work in education, political practice, and aesthetic practice by way of his work with the Barnes Foundation.

Keywords: pragmatism; Richard Rorty; neopragmatic movement; Peirce; James; Schiller; Dewey; humanistic psychology

Chapter.  4937 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Fordham University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.