The Varieties of Pragmatism
In the last two decades, however, a radical anti-epistemology movement led by the influential American philosopher Richard Rorty has put partisans of all three theses on the defensive. Moreover, Rorty has repeatedly claimed that his opposition to the shibboleths of traditional epistemology draws inspiration from the grand tradition of Pragmatism (especially from William James and John Dewey.
In this important new book, Douglas McDermid argues persuasively for two key claims: first, that the so-called "Neo-Pragmatist" critique of traditional epistemology is thoroughly unconvincing; second, that Rorty is guilty of taking the name of Pragmatism in vain, since there are crucial and far-reaching differences between Neo-Pragmatism and the Classical Pragmatism of James and Dewey. The Varieties of Pragmatism will take its place in the forefront of the literature on this most vital part of the American philosophical legacy.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 272.16g
- 01 Nov 2008
- Continuum Publishing Corporation
- New York, United States
Other books in this series
01 Feb 2006
Table of contents
2. Pragmatism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth
3. The Comparison Objection: Pragmatism and Foundationalism
4. The Constructivist Objection: Pragmatism and Realism
5. Correspondence: Denied or Merely Demystified?
6. Towards An Anatomy of Pragmatism
7. Rorty, Neo-Pragmatism, and The End of Epistemology
8. Why Can't Epistemology Be 'Foundational'?
9. Does Epistemology Rest on a Mistake? Rorty on Scepticism
10. Epilogue: Putting Pragmatism In Perspective
Appendix: Rorty, Truth and Non-Cognitivism
About Dr. Douglas McDermid