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Essays Sparked by the Work of Nicholas Rescher





ISBN 9781138655232
Published March 7, 2017 by Routledge
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Pragmatism and Objectivity illuminates the nature of contemporary pragmatism against the background of Rescher’s work, resulting in a stronger grasp of the prospects and promises of this philosophical movement. The central insight of pragmatism is that we must start from where we find ourselves and deflate metaphysical theories of truth in favor of an account that reflects our actual practices of the concept. Pragmatism links truth and rationality to experience, success, and action. While crude versions of pragmatism state that truth is whatever works for a person or a community, Nicholas Rescher has been at the forefront of arguing for a more sophisticated pragmatist position. According to his position, we can illuminate a robust concept of truth by considering its links with inquiry, assertion, belief, and action. His brand of pragmatism is objective and organized around truth and inquiry, rather than other forms of pragmatism that are more subjective and lenient. The contingency and fallibility of knowledge and belief formation does not mean that our beliefs are simply what our community decides, or that truth and objectivity are spurious notions. Rescher offers the best chance of understanding how it is that beliefs can be the products of human inquiry yet aim at the truth nonetheless. The essays in this volume, written by established and up-and-coming scholars of pragmatism, touch on themes related to epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and ethics.

Table of Contents

Foreword



Cheryl Misak:



Introduction



Sami Pihlström



Part I: Truth and Reality



Chapter 1. Pragmatic Realism, Idealism, and Pluralism: A Rescherian Balance?



Sami Pihlström



Chapter 2: Pragmatism and Metaphilosophy



Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse



Chapter 3. Prospects for an Objective Pragmatism: Frank Ramsey on Truth, Meaning, and Justification



Griffin Klemick:



Chapter 4: Pragmatism and Science



Robert Almeder



Chapter 5. Is Kant a Confused Pragmatist?



Tom Rockmore



Chapter 6. Toward a More Peircean Version of Pragmatic Realism



Vincent Colapietro



Part II: Reasoning



Chapter 7. Ramsey’s Theory of Belief and the Problem of Attitude Divergence



Jessica Wright



Chapter 8. Concrete Reasonableness and Pragmatist Ideals: Peirce and Rescher on Normative Theory



Rosa Mayorga



Chapter 9. Obliquely about Realism: The State of Play of a Minor Affair



Joseph Margolis



Part III: Value



Chapter 10. Rescherean Pragmatism



Joseph C. Pitt



Chapter 11. Pragmatism and the Inseparability of Objectivity and Solidarity: Rescher on Rhetorical Rationality, Method and Cooperative Interaction



Helmut Pape



Chapter 12. Psychology of Desire and the Pragmatics of Betterment



Timo Airaksinen



Chapter 13. From Method to Medicine: A Pragmatist Approach to Bioethics



Diana B. Heney



Chapter 14. Moral Responsibility and the Cognitive Status of Ethical Ideals



John R. Shook

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Biography

Sami Pihlström is Director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the University of Helsinki, Finland.