Pragmatism: An Introduction (Anglais) Broché – 4 mai 2012
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
"Most certainly a helpful introductory text for newcomers that ought to be required reading for the rest of us in the midst of our own heated debates."
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"A concise, reliable and lucid overview."
Political Studies Review
"This book offers an engaging and engrossing introduction to and overview of a rich philosophical tradition. Particularly valuable is its survey of a variety of recent and contemporary developments by thinkers who build on and carry forward that tradition."
Robert B. Brandom, University of Pittsburgh
"Brings together classical and contemporary pragmatists in a very clear, succinct, and rigorous way."
Cheryl Misak, University of Toronto
"Bacon has made an impressive contribution with this book. It is a lucid and fair–minded map of the
pragmatist tradition, and an excellent introduction to the topic."
Matthew Festenstein, University of York
Présentation de l'éditeur
Michael Bacon examines how pragmatists argue for the importance of connecting philosophy to practice. In so doing, they set themselves in opposition to many of the presumptions that have dominated philosophy since Descartes. The book demonstrates how pragmatists reject the Cartesian spectator theory of knowledge, in which the mind is viewed as seeking accurately to represent items in the world, and replace it with an understanding of truth and knowledge in terms of the roles they play within our social practices.
The book explores the diverse range of positions that have engendered marked and sometimes acrimonious disputes amongst pragmatists. Bacon identifies the themes underlying these differences, revealing a greater commonality than many commentators have recognized. The result is an illuminating narrative of a rich philosophical movement that will be of interest to students in philosophy, political theory, and the history of ideas.
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Bacon has written a brief but dense book, as he covers in 200 pages pragmatic thinkers beginning with Charles Peirce and William James at the close of the 19th Century and concludes with the Australian philosopher, Huw Price and his book written in 2011, "Naturalism without Mirrors" which is new to me. With its largely chronological discussion of philosophers, the book shows well the development and interrelationship of pragmatic themes over the 20th Century and beyond. As the discussion progresses and issues are refined, the book becomes progressively more difficult and more technical.
Bacon's Preface and Introduction to the book offer a lucid overview of pragmatism and its themes. He begins with Charles Peirce's initial formulation of the pragmatic maxim in which he proposed that philosophers examine thought and ideas in terms of the difference they make to human behavior. Peirce wrote: "we come down to what is tangible and practical as the root of every real distinction of thought, no matter how subtile it may be; and there is no distinction of meaning so fine as to consist in anything but a possible difference of practice." Bacon shows that pragmatism constituted a pervasive critique of the Cartesianism which set the themes for modern philosophy. Cartesianism resulted in the sharp vacillations between dogmatism and skepticism that characterize much philosophy. Pragmatist thinkers rejected many of the components of Cartesianism, including its quest for certainty, its foundationalism, its representationalism (holding that there was a dualism between thought and matter and that thought somehow had to mirror reality), its correspondence theory of truth, and more. In its place, pragmatism substituted a human perspectivism, a recognition of the fallible character of human thought, an instrumentalism and a sense of human activity and agency as critical to philosophical understanding. The critique and the pragmatic reorientation of philosophical questions had to be expanded and fleshed out in different ways by different pragmatists, as pragmatism itself straddled uneasily the line between objectivity and relativism.
Bacon tries to show the continuity between the classical American pragmatists, Peirce, James, and Dewey, and the analytic tradition of philosophy which, according to some writers, displaced pragmatism around mid-20th Century. Thus, Bacon follows the first two chapters of his book, which deal with the three classic pragmatists, with a chapter showing the close connection between pragmatism and analysis in three key figures, W.V.O. Quine, Wilfrid Sellars, and Donald Davidson.
Subsequent chapters of the book present philosophers in pairs, with Bacon comparing and contrasting their views. He considers the two leading pragmatic philosophers at the turn of the century, Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam and their contrasting views about objectivity and relativism. The following chapter examines the German philosopher Habermas and his heavily Kantian approach to pragmatism, comparing it with Richard Bernstein, who takes an approach that draws from many philosophical traditions. A chapter on Susan Haack and Cheryl Misak shows the continued interest in Peirce's pragmatism. The final difficult chapter on rationalism and naturalistic influences on pragmatism contrasts two contemporary thinkers, Robert Brandom and Huw Price.
Bacon's approach focuses on different pragmatic understandings of the nature of truth. He also pays a great deal of attention to pragmatism and political philosophy, particularly is it involves the nature of democracy. Bacon recognizes the differences among pragmatists, but his approach tends of minimize the disagreements in favor of emphasizing the common threads of the pragmatic movement. For example, Bacon tries to show how Peirce and James tried to harmonize what many still see as the basic divide in pragmatism on the nature of truth and on determining what counts as the consequence of a belief. Richard Rorty, criticized by many for his alleged relativism is, in Bacon's account, brought close to the views of many of his critics. Of the thinkers Bacon discusses, two have recently written their own broad overviews of pragmatism. Richard Bernstein's "The Pragmatic Turn" explores themes as well as individual philosophers and emphasizes pragmatism's roots in Kant and Hegel. The Pragmatic Turn Cheryl Misak's "The American Pragmatists" The American Pragmatists (Oxford History of Philosophy) examines many of the thinkers that Bacon discusses, but she is more intent on pointing out differences. Misak has learned a great deal from Peirce, and she is critical of the pragmatism of James, Dewey, and Rorty. Each of these three books is worth reading for their expositions of pragmatism.
Bacon's book will interest readers with a strong philosophical interest and basic philosophical background. The discussion becomes increasingly complex, but that is instructive in its own right in considering the development of pragmatism. The book helped me rethink philosophers I have read while introducing me to contemporary writings on pragmatism.
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