Classical Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Neopragmatism

Larry A. Hickman

in Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228416
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235544 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Classical Pragmatism,               Postmodernism, and Neopragmatism

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This chapter argues that classical Pragmatism offers significant advantages over some currently popular versions of neopragmatism for those who are interested in coming to grips with the problems and prospects of our increasingly technological culture. It explains that while the experimentalist version of Pragmatism advanced by John Dewey recognizes the roles of arts and technosciences, Richard Rorty's neopragmatism tends to alternate between blurring that distinction and depicting technoscience as just one more of the literary arts. In addition, while pragmatism emphasizes the objectivity of results, neopragmatism insists on the the relativism of personal and cultural preferences.

Keywords: pragmatism; neopragmatism; John Dewey; Richard Rorty; technological culture; technoscience; arts

Chapter.  5049 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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