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Pragmatism, Objectivity, and Experience

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2020.06.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven Levine, Pragmatism, Objectivity, and Experience, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 270pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781108422895. Reviewed by Robert Kraut, The Ohio State University Steven Levine has written a superb book. The title advertises three perennially puzzling topics: pragmatism, objectivity, and experience. Some background will help locate his project on a larger map. Precise specification of pragmatism would be useful, but difficult to provide: a wide variety of views tend to appear under the pragmatist rubric. Frequently it involves little more than homage paid to the work of James, Peirce, and/or Dewey. More robust versions stress doctrinal and/or methodological views about truth and reference (e.g., the rejection of truth-as-correspondence-to-reality, or a more thoroughgoing deflationism about semantic discourse); other versions foreground the primacy of institutional norms, the impossibility of epistemically privileged representation, the significance of justificatory holism, rejection of the Enlightenment tradition built upon the pursuit... Read More

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