Christopher Hookway has been influential in promoting engagement with pragmatist and naturalist perspectives from classical and contemporary American philosophy. This book reflects on Hookway’s work on the American philosophical tradition and its significance for contemporary discussions of the understanding of mind, meaning, knowledge, and value.
Hookway’s original and extensive studies of Charles S. Peirce have made him among the most admired and frequently referenced of Peirce’s interpreters. His work on classical American pragmatism has explored the philosophies of William James, John Dewey, and Josiah Royce, and examined the influence of pragmatist ideas outside of the United States. Additionally, Hookway has participated in a number of celebrated exchanges with some of the most high-profile figures of twentieth- and twenty-first-century philosophy, including Karl-Otto Apel, Philip Pettit, Hilary Putnam, and W.V.O. Quine, through which his treatments of a large range of topics in epistemology and the philosophies of mind and language have been developed and promoted. The chapters in this book—which include contributions from several of Hookway’s former students and colleagues—include studies of Hookway’s engagement with the works of Peirce, James, and Dewey, his contributions to virtue epistemology, and his discussions of hope and pragmatist metaphysics.
Pragmatic Reason will be of interest to researchers and advanced students working on American philosophy, the history of analytic philosophy, and epistemology.
Introduction Robert B. Talisse, Daniel Herbert and Paniel Reyes Cárdenas
1. Peirce and ‘Community’ Christopher Hookway and Mara-Daria Cojocaru
2. The Unity of Pragmatism: Hookway's Contribution to the Tradition Joshua Forstenzer
3. Hookway on Peirce on Truth Andrew Howat
4. Christopher Hookway's Study of Peirce's Development: Modes of Being Paniel Reyes Cárdenas
5. Hookway's Exchange with Apel: Peirce and Transcendental Arguments Daniel Herbert
6. Peirce on Vital Matters and the Scientific Method Gabriele Gava
7. Empiricism without Dogmas: Lewis and Ramsey on the A Priori Cheryl Misak
8. The Will to Believe, Epistemic Virtue, and Holistic Transcendental Pragmatism Sami Pihlström
9. Critical Commonsensism in Contemporary Metaphysics Graeme A. Forbes
10. The Affective Preconditions of Inquiry: Hookway on Doubt, Altruism, and Self-confidence Neil W. Williams
11. Is Creativity an Intellectual Virtue? Elizabeth F. Cooke
12. Peirce on Metaphysics and Commonsense Belief: A Challenge to Hookway's Account Joshua Wilson Black
13. Hookway's Soft Skepticism and Epistemic Conservatism: A Modest Skeptical Pragmatist Reply Scott Aikin
14. To Inquire Hopefully: Hookway, Peirce, and the Role of Hope in Rational Inquiry Robert Stern