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Getting Acquainted with Wallace Stevens - Los Angeles Review of Books
"How to Live, What to Do Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens By Joan Richardson Published 03.01.2018 University Of Iowa Press 132 Pages"
book  review  poetry  pragmatism 
april 2019 by tsuomela
Pragmatic Fashions: Pluralism, Democracy, Relativism, and the Absurd // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"John J. Stuhr, Pragmatic Fashions: Pluralism, Democracy, Relativism, and the Absurd, Indiana University Press, 2016, 256pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780253018915."
book  review  philosophy  pragmatism  existentialism  democracy  relativism 
june 2016 by tsuomela
What Pragmatism Was // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"F. Thomas Burke, What Pragmatism Was, Indiana University Press, 2013, 233pp., $25.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780253009586."
book  review  philosophy  pragmatism  history 
june 2014 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Neil Gross's pragmatist sociology
"What makes this set of assumptions a "pragmatist" approach? Fundamentally, because it understands the actor as situated within a field of assumptions, modes of behavior, ways of perceiving
action  agents  structure  norms  sociology  explanation  philosophy  pragmatism  theory  social-theory  rationality 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Immanent Transcendence: A Glossary of Pragmatic Phenomenology
"This is a glossary of terms for my research program in pragmatic phenomenology/phenomenological pragmatism. My project is a contemporary derivation of John Dewey's work as read through Thomas Alexander, Jim Garrison, James Gouinlock, Victor Kestenbaum, and others. The glossary will be helpful for those interested in peering into the depths of Deweys thought, which is often omitted by contemporary commentaries, and into my own development of it."
pragmatism  philosophy  phenomenology  about(JohnDewey) 
april 2012 by tsuomela
A Pragmatist Theory of Social Mechanisms
Some sociologists have recently argued that a major aim of sociological inquiry is to identify the mechanisms by which cause and effect relationships in the social world come about. This article argues that existing accounts of social mechanisms are problematic because they rest on either inadequately developed or questionable understandings of social action. Building on an insight increasingly common among sociological theorists—that action should be conceptualized in terms of social practices—I mobilize ideas from the tradition of classical American pragmatism to develop a more adequate theory of mechanisms. I identify three kinds of analytical problems the theory is especially well poised to address and then lay out an agenda for future research.
sociology  causation  philosophy  pragmatism  mechanism  theory  understanding  via:understandingsoc 
november 2011 by tsuomela
Naturalism without Mirrors // Reviews // Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"Price's naturalism is "without mirrors" because the rejection of representationalism is a rejection of the idea that thought or language mirrors the world in such a way that we can read off significant ontological or metaphysical truths from the structure of language or thought. Language is not a mirror of nature. Price thus stands in general solidarity with Dewey, Wittgenstein, Rorty, and Brandom."
book  review  philosophy  metaphysics  pragmatism  representation  language  linguistics  realism 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Technology and Knowledge - PhilSci-Archive
"My aim in this paper is to give a philosophical analysis of how, precisely, technology can be a condition for gaining scientific knowledge. My concern is with what scientists can know in practice, given their particular contingent conditions, including available technology, rather than what can be known “in principle” by a hypothetical entity like Laplace’s Demon. I begin with the observation that what we know depends on what we can do. For example, in science, gaining certain knowledge depends of having certain evidence. This makes the ability to gather that evidence a necessary condition for gaining the knowledge. "
philosophy  science  technology  evidence  pragmatism  knowledge 
september 2011 by tsuomela
David Bromwich: Symptoms of the Bush-Obama Presidency
Obama’s pragmatism comes down to a series of maxims that can be relied on to ratify the existing order -- any order, however recent its advent and however repulsive its effects. You must stay in power in order to go on “seeking.” Therefore, in “the world as it is,” you must requite evil with lesser evil. You do so to prevent your replacement by fanatics: people, for example, like those who invented the means you began by deploring but ended by adopting. Their difference from you is that they lack the vision of the seeker. Finally, in the world as it is, to retain your hold on power you must keep in place the sort of people who are normally found in places of power.
obama  politics  president  pragmatism  ideology  failure 
august 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Book Review: Summers on Kloppenberg's READING OBAMA
"James Kloppenberg has written a substantial book with a serious limitation, serious because the suave unfolding of the argument depends on his refusal to test it. President Obama is the product of democracy, and his pragmatic writings and speeches do suggest a sophisticated understanding of how the American experiment was designed. Yet his opponents are also the product of democracy
book  review  political-science  politics  obama  pragmatism  ideology 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Pragmatism, Democracy, and Communication: Three Rival Perspectives - Review of Communication
"This paper examines three recent studies that address the theme of pragmatism, democracy, and communication: Jeffrey Stout's (2004) Democracy and Tradition, Robert Danisch's (2007) Pragmatism, Democracy, and the Necessity of Rhetoric, and Robert Talisse's (2009) A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy. Despite their common appeal to the pragmatist tradition, the respective visions of communication and democracy in these studies are found to be incompatible with one another. This paper offers a comparative review documenting both the divisions between them, as well as a shared limitation-their common neglect of the question of power. "
democracy  pragmatism  communication  philosophy  political-science 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Notional Slurry » Richard Rorty, Voltairine de Cleyre, Peter Drucker and Clay Shirky walk into a bar…
The risk these social forces pose is that the increased potential for general and popular success of smart people draws our local unsung luminaries up and away. So they can talk amongst themselves.

And not with us.

We should be linked to one another by conversations that look back and forward and down, and most of all sideways at one another. Not just “up” at our luminous colleagues, our canon, but across at the friend we never suspected knew so much about that thing we were working on together.

I’ve come to detest the consensus of shared culture and its keepers, and our canon, and the news we’re told. I’m trying to rely more on the people in my presence, and the people they know personally.
We’re all of us always wrong. I pity the famous, the canon-makers, the revealers of truth, my professor friends because they’ve sacrificed their right to be wrong at the altar of Progress.

And as far as I can tell, that means they’re stuck; they’re not allowed to make mistakes in public.
community  pragmatism  anarchism  critique  business  success  professionalization  meritocracy  thinking 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Notional Slurry » some thoughts on how “genetic programming” actually happens
I’m saying that the point of scientific endeavor (and to push things, every endeavor) is not “increasing disclosure of the real nature of the real world”, but instead immediate, pragmatic, purposive gain obtained by exercising the tools of language.
pragmatism  science  philosophy  purpose  logic  inquiry  language 
november 2010 by tsuomela
The Gods That Underachieved « Easily Distracted
What I’m left with in some cases is a kind of queasy mix of postmodernism and pragmatism: that all instruments are limited and all solutions are partial. That what we really need is a political and social language for describing better outcomes, incremental improvements, and probable solutions for the significant majority of what we expect both from our governments and we expect from ourselves as social actors. I’m not saying that utopian expectations or radical demands for reform or dramatic mobilizations for action need to disappear entirely from the picture, but that we need a way to sharply delineate the circumstances under which that way of thinking is helpful. Right now, we all have a tendency to fall back on the assumption that technocracy can do anything (even that it can instrumentally prevent good solutions from being implemented) and that expertise is the product of a positivist science marching inevitably towards perfected knowledge of everything.
politics  technocracy  state  government  science  pragmatism  instrumental  incremental 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Sandra D. Mitchell - Unsimple Truths: Science, Complexity, and Policy - Reviewed by Daniel Steel, Michigan State University - Philosophical Reviews - University of Notre Dame
Sandra Mitchell's Unsimple Truths attempts, in a format intended to be accessible to a broad audience of scientifically literate readers, to show how complexities revealed by modern sciences in general and biology in particular demand a fundamental refiguring of traditional philosophical perspectives on science. The central elements of this traditional perspective, according to Mitchell, are reductionism, a commitment to explanation via universal laws similar to those found in physics, and a conception of causation according to which the impacts of distinct causes can be neatly separated from one another. Mitchell's own contrasting perspective, which she labels integrative pluralism, emphasizes the importance of explanations that span multiple levels of analysis, that rely on contingent generalizations of varying degrees of stability, and that recognize the complexities inherent in dynamic systems involving a multitude of interacting and context dependent causes.
book  review  philosophy  science  explanation  naturalism  pragmatism  policy 
may 2010 by tsuomela
David L. Hildebrand
Philosophy professor at University of Colorado, Denver. Author of "John Dewey" and "Beyond Realism and Antirealism: John Dewey and the Neopragmatists"
philosophy  people  academic  school(UColorado)  pragmatism  dewey  john 
january 2010 by tsuomela
20th WCP: Dewey's Criticisms of Traditional Philosophy: Towards a PragmaticConception of Philosophy
In this paper I address some of John Dewey’s more generally applicable criticisms of the philosophic "tradition," and show how his criticisms stem from his naturalistic approach to philosophy. This topic is important because Dewey gives great insight into discussions that are relevant today regarding the role of philosophy.... For Dewey, the fundamental error characteristic of both Greek and Modern thinking is the artificial bifurcation of our thoughts, feelings and actions from the natural world. As I see it, the heart of this metaphysical mistake is captured by the distinctions he draws between the "instrumental" and "consummatory," and between the "precarious" and "stable."
dewey  john  philosophy  pragmatism  greek  history  criticism 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
Welcome to the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP). SAAP exists to advance American philosophy by promoting interest and research in its history, encouraging original and creative work in its spirit, and providing forums for the exchange of information and ideas.
philosophy  american  pragmatism  professional-association  academic 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Larry A. Hickman's Professional Website
Larry A. Hickman is the Director of the Center for Dewey Studies and Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
people  philosophy  pragmatism  dewey  john  school(SIllinois) 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Joseph Margolis: Department of Philosophy at Temple University
Professor Margolis’s main interests are in the philosophy of the human sciences, the theory of knowledge and interpretation, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, American philosophy, and pragmatism.
people  philosophy  pragmatism  aesthetics  school(Temple) 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Arthur Fine - Department of Philosophy - University of Washington
Arthur Fine is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. His research concentrates on the philosophy of physics and on general philosophical issues relating to the natural and social sciences. Current projects include both foundational questions (concerning the interplay between physics and mathematics) and the exploration of certain general interpretive issues in science (especially relativism, objectivity, instrumentalism and constructivism). He is also working on a book on Einstein (co-authored with Thomas Ryckman).
people  philosophy  pragmatism  science  school(UWashington) 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Pragmatism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pragmatism is the philosophy of considering practical consequences and real effects to be vital components of meaning and truth.
philosophy  pragmatism  history  wikipedia 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Obama Quandry Comes Into Sharper Focus: Part One, Political Process
Paul Rosenberg analyzes and interpolates the David Bromwich essay from Huffington Post "The Character of Barack Obama"
about(BarackObama)  politics  process  ideology  pragmatism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
David Bromwich: The Character of Barack Obama
He has always had a reputation for being fair-minded -- a strength only attainable by someone who is (to begin with) fair-minded. But the cautiousness of his first six months as president shows a pattern of accommodation that often lands him on the far side of actual prudence.
about(BarackObama)  politics  process  ideology  pragmatism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Department of Philosophy ::: Dr. Susan Haack
Professor Haack is the author of several well-known books, including Deviant Logic (Cambridge, 1974), Philosophy of Logics (Cambridge, 1978), Evidence and Inquiry: Towards Reconstruction in Epistemology (Blackwell, 1993), Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism (Chicago, 1996), Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays (Chicago, 1998), and Defending Science -- Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism (Prometheus, 2003) as well as of numerous articles.
philosophy  people  academic  pragmatism  science  logic 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Economic Growth is Political
But it's not just narrative, that's a tool. It also starts with refusing to recognize that we really truly do disagree with our fellow citizens on how our country should be ordered. If you don't countenance disagreement, then you'll get annoyed at people who 'cause trouble', and the dominant elite will be able to use norms like politeness to discredit left-wing political leaders
politics  economics  philosophy  ideology  pragmatism  bipartisanship  narrative 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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