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  • Acknowledgments

    Introduction: Pragmatism Then and Now / Morris Dickstein

    What Difference Does Pragmatism Make? The View From Philosophy

    Pragmatism as Romantic Polytheism / Richard Rorty

    Pragmatism and Realism / Hilary Putnam

    Response to Hilary Putnam’s “Pragmatism and Realism” / Sidney Morgenbesser

    The Moral Impulse / Ruth Anna Putnam

    What’s the Use of Calling Emerson a Pragmatist? / Stanley Cavell

    Pragmatism and the Remaking of Social Thought

    Pragmatism: An Old Name for Some New Ways of Thinking? / James T. Kloppenberg

    Pragmatism and Democracy: Reconstructing the Logic of John Dewey’s Faith / Robert B. Westbrook

    Community in the Pragmatic Tradition / Richard J. Bernstein

    Another Pragmatism: Alain Locke, Critical “Race” Theory, and the Politics of Culture / Nancy Fraser

    Going Astray, Going Forward: Du Boisian Pragmatism and Its Lineage / Ross Posnock

    The Inspiration of Pragmatism: Some Personal Remarks / Hans Joas

    The Missing Pragmatic Revival in American Social Science / Alan Wolfe

    Pragmatism and Its Limits / John Patrick Diggins

    Pragmatism and Law

    Pragmatic Adjudication / Richard A. Posner

    Freestanding Legal Pragmatism / Thomas C. Grey

    What’s Pragmatic about Legal Pragmatism? / David Luban

    Pragmatism and Law: A Response to David Luban / Richard Rorty

    It’s a Positivist, It’s a Pragmatist, It’s a Codifier! Reflections on Nietzsche and Stendhal / Richard H. Weisberg

    Pragmatism, Pluralism, and Legal Interpretations: Posner’s and Rorty’s Justice without Metaphysics Meets Hate Speech / Michael Rosenfeld

    Pragmatism, Culture, and Art

    Why Do Pragmatists Want to Be Like Poets? / Richard Poirier

    Pragmatists and Poets: A Response to Richard Poirier / Louis Menand

    The Novelist of Everyday Life / David Bromwich

    When Mind Is a Verb: Thomas Eakins and the Work of Doing / Ray Carney

    Religion and the Recent Revival of Pragmatism, Giles Gunn


    Truth and Toilets: Pragmatism and the Practices of Life / Stanely Fish

    Selected Bibliography


  • Morris Dickstein

    Richard Rorty

    Hilary Putnam

    Sidney Morgenbesser

    Ruth Anna Putnam

    Stanley Cavell

    James T. Kloppenberg

    Robert Westbrook

    Richard J. Bernstein

    Nancy Fraser

    Ross Posnock

    Hans Joas

    Alan Wolfe

    John Patrick Diggins

    Richard Posner

    Thomas C. Grey

    David Luban

    Richard Weisberg

    Michel Rosenfeld

    Richard Poirier

    Louis Menand

    David Bromwich

    Ray Carney

    Giles Gunn

    Stanley Fish

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  • Description

    Although long considered the most distinctive American contribution to philosophy, pragmatism—with its problem-solving emphasis and its contingent view of truth—lost popularity in mid-century after the advent of World War II, the horror of the Holocaust, and the dawning of the Cold War. Since the 1960s, however, pragmatism in many guises has again gained prominence, finding congenial places to flourish within growing intellectual movements. This volume of new essays brings together leading philosophers, historians, legal scholars, social thinkers, and literary critics to examine the far-reaching effects of this revival.
    As the twenty-five intellectuals who take part in this discussion show, pragmatism has become a complex terrain on which a rich variety of contemporary debates have been played out. Contributors such as Richard Rorty, Stanley Cavell, Nancy Fraser, Robert Westbrook, Hilary Putnam, and Morris Dickstein trace pragmatism’s cultural and intellectual evolution, consider its connection to democracy, and discuss its complex relationship to the work of Emerson, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein. They show the influence of pragmatism on black intellectuals such as W. E. B. Du Bois, explore its view of poetic language, and debate its effects on social science, history, and jurisprudence. Also including essays by critics of the revival such as Alan Wolfe and John Patrick Diggins, the volume concludes with a response to the whole collection from Stanley Fish.
    Including an extensive bibliography, this interdisciplinary work provides an in-depth and broadly gauged introduction to pragmatism, one that will be crucial for understanding the shape of the transformations taking place in the American social and philosophical scene at the end of the twentieth century.

    Contributors. Richard Bernstein, David Bromwich, Ray Carney, Stanley Cavell, Morris Dickstein, John Patrick Diggins, Stanley Fish, Nancy Fraser, Thomas C. Grey, Giles Gunn, Hans Joas, James T. Kloppenberg, David Luban, Louis Menand, Sidney Morgenbesser, Richard Poirier, Richard A. Posner, Ross Posnock, Hilary Putnam, Ruth Anna Putnam, Richard Rorty, Michel Rosenfeld, Richard H. Weisberg, Robert B. Westbrook, Alan Wolfe

    About The Author(s)

    Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. His previous books include Double Agent: The Critic and Society and Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties.

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