The pragmatism reader challenges the notion that pragmatism fell into a midcentury decline and was dormant until the advent of neopragmatism in the 1980s this comprehensive anthology reveals a rich and highly influential tradition running unbroken through twentieth century philosophy and continuing today. Peirce first proposed the pragmatic maxim as a tool for dispensing with metaphysical nonsense for him pragmatism was strictly a method of ascertaining the meanings of hard words and abstract concepts cp54641 the core of this method is the idea that to develop a thoughts meaning we have simply. Pithe pragmatism reader i is the essential anthology of this important philosophical movement each selection featured here is a key writing by a leading pragmatist thinker and represents a distinctively pragmatist approach to a core philosophical problem the collection includes work by pragmatisms founders charles peirce william james and john dewey as well as seminal writings by . The editors of the pragmatism reader from peirce through the present robert b talisse and scott f aiken unsettled by this myth of pragmatisms persecution and resurrection have provided an anthology of philosophi cal pragmatism whose contents collectively tell a different story
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