American Philosophy before Pragmatism

2016.02.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Russell B. Goodman, American Philosophy before Pragmatism, Oxford University Press, 2015, 218pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.02.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Russell B. Goodman, American Philosophy before Pragmatism, Oxford University Press, 2015, 218pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199577545. Reviewed by John Kaag, University of Massachusetts Lowell American philosophy is often described as emerging full-fledged from the heads of William James and Charles Sanders Peirce in last decades of the nineteenth century. It is, along these lines, regarded as being coextensive with "pragmatism," a movement that supposedly deviated from the history of Western philosophy in its belief that truth should be judged on the basis of its practical consequences. American philosophy didn't exist before pragmatism and was largely, and self-consciously, divorced from a broader intellectual history. So the story goes. This story is, of course, the wrong way to think about the American philosophical tradition. In this book, Russell B. Goodman expands on his American Philosophy and the. . .

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