Dialogue Between Pragmatism and Constructivism in Historical Perspective

Kenneth W. Stikkers

in John Dewey Between Pragmatism and Constructivism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230181
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235339 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Dialogue Between Pragmatism and               Constructivism in Historical Perspective

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This chapter discusses the problematic reception of Pragmatism in Europe, especially Germany, in the early twentieth century. It examines the important role played by American Pragmatism, especially Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, in the development of the sociology of knowledge and reflects on what lessons one might learn from such an historical investigation for social constructivist thought today. It looks into Max Scheler's complex reaction to the works of Peirce and James as their versions of Pragmatism relate to Scheler's own sociology of knowledge. The chapter discusses some of the reasons German scholars have been slow to engage Dewey's ideas, and demonstrates some of the ways in which problems of translation still affect international studies in Pragmatism.

Keywords: Pragmatism; Germany; American Pragmatism; Charles Sanders Peirce; William James; Max Scheler

Chapter.  5582 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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