Philosophy | American Pragmatism
P319 | 27112 | Senchuk


Note:  This class meets with P748

This course is a critical exploration of what has often been
heralded as the quintessentially American mode of thought, the
philosophical movement known as pragmatism.  There will be a
detailed consideration of some major works of three of its principal
architects: Peirce, James, and Dewey; but some attention will also
be paid – in the last part of the cousre – to more recent American
proponents of a pragmatic outlook, to writers such as Richard Rorty
and Hilary Putnam.

The topics discussed by American Pragmatists are wide-ranging and
notoriously difficult to pigeon-hole, given these philosophers’
tendency to urge against some well-entrenched philosophical
distinctions and dichotomies – e.g., facts and values; mind and
body; what’s perceived and what’s inferred; means and ends; the
knower and the known.  Still, this course may be said to examine
select topics (in the readings) from a primarily epistemological,
metaphysical, and meta-philosophical standpoint.