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Routledge Studies in American Philosophy


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This series is dedicated to monographs and essay collections that examine, from diverse theoretical perspectives, any aspects of America’s rich web of philosophical traditions, from the 17th Century onwards. Frequently associated with pragmatism, particularly in the United States, American philosophy also encompasses many other schools of thought, and has had a significant impact on the development of contemporary epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and political philosophy. By publishing outstanding treatments of its many diverse threads, this series aims to become the default resource for scholars and students interested in a full picture of American philosophy.

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Pragmatism and Social Philosophy Exploring a Stream of Ideas from America to Europe

Pragmatism and Social Philosophy: Exploring a Stream of Ideas from America to Europe

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Michael G. Festl
December 30, 2020

This book explores the role that American pragmatism played in the development of social philosophy in 20th-century Europe. The essays in the first part of the book show how the ideas of Peirce, James, and Dewey influenced the traditions of European philosophy, especially existentialism and the ...

The Philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson

1st Edition

Joseph Urbas
September 08, 2020

This study offers the first comprehensive account of Emerson's philosophy since his philosophical rehabilitation began in the late 1970s. It builds on the historical reconstruction proposed in the author's previous book, Emerson's Metaphysics, and like that study draws on the entire Emerson ...

John Dewey’s Ethical Theory The 1932 Ethics

John Dewey’s Ethical Theory: The 1932 Ethics

1st Edition

Roberto Frega, Steven Levine
September 04, 2020

This book provides a wide-ranging, systematic, and comprehensive approach to the moral philosophy of John Dewey, one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. It does so by focusing on his greatest achievement in this field: the Ethics he jointly published with James Hayden Tufts in ...

Challenging the New Atheism Pragmatic Confrontations in the Philosophy of Religion

Challenging the New Atheism: Pragmatic Confrontations in the Philosophy of Religion

1st Edition

Aaron Pratt Shepherd
September 01, 2020

This book presents a pragmatic response to arguments against religion made by the New Atheism movement. The author argues that analytic and empirical philosophies of religion—the mainstream approaches in contemporary philosophy of religion—are methodologically unequipped to address the “Threefold ...

Toward a Metaphysics of Culture

Toward a Metaphysics of Culture

1st Edition

Joseph Margolis
September 05, 2019

Toward a Metaphysics of Culture provides an initial, minimal, and original analysis of the concept of uniquely enlanguaged cultures of the human world and of the distinctive metaphysical features of whatever belongs to the things of that world: preeminently, persons, language, actions, artworks, ...

Wilfrid Sellars and Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Wilfrid Sellars and Twentieth-Century Philosophy

1st Edition

Stefan Brandt, Anke Breunig
August 27, 2019

This collection features eleven original essays, divided into three thematic sections, which explore the work of Wilfrid Sellars in relation to other twentieth-century thinkers. Section I analyzes Sellars’s thought in light of some of his influential predecessors, specifically Ludwig Wittgenstein, ...

Pragmatic Perspectives Constructivism beyond Truth and Realism

Pragmatic Perspectives: Constructivism beyond Truth and Realism

1st Edition

Robert Schwartz
July 25, 2019

For a good part of the 20th century, the classic Pragmatists—Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey—and pragmatism in general were largely ignored by analytic philosophers. They were said to hold such untenable views as whatever best satisfies our needs is true and that the end ...

Peirce on Perception and Reasoning From Icons to Logic

Peirce on Perception and Reasoning: From Icons to Logic

1st Edition

Kathleen A. Hull, Richard Kenneth Atkins
July 12, 2019

The founder of both American pragmatism and semiotics, Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) is widely regarded as an enormously important and pioneering theorist. In this book, scholars from around the world examine the nature and significance of Peirce’s work on perception, iconicity, and ...

The Quantum of Explanation Whitehead’s Radical Empiricism

The Quantum of Explanation: Whitehead’s Radical Empiricism

1st Edition

Randall E. Auxier, Gary L. Herstein
March 20, 2019

The Quantum of Explanation advances a bold new theory of how explanation ought to be understood in philosophical and cosmological inquiries. Using a complete interpretation of Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophical and mathematical writings and an interpretive structure that is essentially new, ...

Deweyan Experimentalism and the Problem of Method in Political Philosophy

Deweyan Experimentalism and the Problem of Method in Political Philosophy

1st Edition

Joshua Forstenzer
March 14, 2019

This book proposes a pragmatist methodological framework for generating practically relevant political philosophy. It draws on John Dewey’s social and political philosophy to develop an "experimentalist" method, thus charting a middle course between idealism and realism in political philosophy. ...

The Network Self Relation, Process, and Personal Identity

The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity

1st Edition

Kathleen Wallace
March 12, 2019

The concept of a relational self has been prominent in feminism, communitarianism, narrative self theories, and social network theories, and has been important to theorizing about practical dimensions of selfhood. However, it has been largely ignored in traditional philosophical theories of ...

Wilfrid Sellars and Buddhist Philosophy Freedom from Foundations

Wilfrid Sellars and Buddhist Philosophy: Freedom from Foundations

1st Edition

Jay L. Garfield
December 11, 2018

The aim of this book is to address the relevance of Wilfrid Sellars’ philosophy to understanding topics in Buddhist philosophy. While contemporary scholars of Buddhism often take Sellars as a touchstone for philosophical analysis, and while many take Sellars’ corpus as their entrée into current ...

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