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By John J. Stuhr

William James claimed that his Pragmatism: a brand new identify for a few previous methods of pondering could end up effective and epoch-making. at the present time, after greater than a hundred years, how is pragmatism to be understood? What has been its cultural and philosophical effect? Is it an important source for present difficulties and for all times and proposal sooner or later? John J. Stuhr and the prestigious individuals to this multidisciplinary quantity handle those questions, situating them in own, philosophical, political, American, and worldwide contexts. attractive James in unique methods, those eleven essays probe and expand the importance of pragmatism as they concentrate on 4 significant, overlapping issues: pragmatism and American tradition; pragmatism as a style of considering and settling disagreements; pragmatism as thought of fact; and pragmatism as a temper, angle, or temperament.

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Hansen, The Lost Promise of Patriotism: Debating American Identity, 1890–1920 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003). 15.

206–208, 274–75, 295, 329. 12. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1983), pp. ” 13. D. ” Historians have long doubted the existence of a unified, cohesive progressive movement, preferring instead to see progressivism as an era or, better yet, as a coalition of shifting groups with diverse and sometimes incompatible interests. Such a framework makes it possible to understand why and how some progressives were able to emphasize eugenics, immigration restriction, prohibition, and racial segregation as solutions to the problem of “corruption” as they saw it, whereas others focused on socioeconomic reforms and still others emphasized changing the mechanisms of governance.

D. 46 Because the preservation of the natural world was a topic almost as close to James’s heart as was education, it is fitting to conclude this essay with a brief discussion of pragmatism in the discourse of early twenty-first-century environmentalism. Some of James’s most eloquent writing was inspired by the time he spent “tramping,” as he liked to call his hikes around Keene Valley in the Adirondacks and in the Lake Chocorua region of the White Mountains where he and his family built a summer home.

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