1st Edition

Pragmatic Reason Christopher Hookway and the American Philosophical Tradition

    264 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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


    Robert B. Talisse is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of over 100 academic articles and more than 10 books, including Sustaining Democracy: What We Owe to the Other Side (2021).

    Paniel Reyes Cárdenas was made lecturer and researcher at UPAEP (People's Autonomous University of Puebla State, Puebla, Mexico) where he is now chair of philosophy of language and medieval philosophy. Paniel is part of the national council for research of Mexico, awarded SNI 1 for his research work. As a junior scholar, Paniel was awarded as Honorary Researcher by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Sheffield in 2017. Paniel has published Scholastic Realism (2018) and Ideas in Development (2018).

    Daniel Herbert has held research and lecturing positions at the University of Sheffield, UPAEP (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Puebla) and King’s College London. He is currently Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield and has published research on several figures from the history of philosophy, including Kant, Nietzsche, Bradley, Peirce, James, Husserl, Cassirer, and Sartre.