1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Pragmatism

Edited By Scott F. Aikin, Robert B. Talisse Copyright 2023
    414 Pages
    by Routledge

    414 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Pragmatism offers 44 cutting-edge chapters—written specifically for this volume by an international team of distinguished researchers—that assess the past, present, and future of pragmatism. Going beyond the exposition of canonical texts and figures, the collection presents pragmatism as a living philosophical idiom that continues to devise promising theses in contemporary debates. The chapters are organized into four major parts:

    • Pragmatism’s history and figures
    • Pragmatism and plural traditions
    • Pragmatism’s reach
    • Pragmatism’s relevance

    Each chapter provides up-to-date research tools for philosophers, students, and others who wish to locate pragmatist options in their contemporary research fields. As a whole, the volume demonstrates that the vitality of pragmatism lies in its ability to build upon, and transcend, the ideas and arguments of its founders. When seen in its full diversity, pragmatism emerges as one of the most successful and influential philosophical movements in Western philosophy.

    Scott Aikin and Robert B. Talisse

    Part I: Pragmatism’s History and Figures

    1. The Metaphysical Club
    Cheryl Misak

    2. C.S. Peirce’s Pragmatism
    Albert Atkin

    3. William James
    Alexander Klein

    4. John Dewey
    David L. Hildebrand

    5. Jane Addams
    Núria Sara Miras Boronat

    6. Alain Locke’s Critical Pragmatism on Race and Culture
    Corey L. Barnes

    7. Sidney Hook
    Robert B. Talisse

    8. C. I. Lewis between Classical and Contemporary Pragmatism
    Peter Olen

    9. Quine and American Pragmatism
    Yemima Ben-Menahem

    10. Wilfrid Sellars and Pragmatism
    Willem A. DeVries

    11. Richard Rorty’s Therapeutic, Anti-Authoritarian Narrative
    Susan Dieleman

    12. Hilary Putnam
    Maria Baghramian and Matthew Shields

    13. Cornel West and Prophetic Pragmatism
    Eduardo Mendieta

    14. Susan Haack and Worldly, Realist Pragmatism
    Robert Lane

    15. Nicholas Rescher’s Methodological Pragmatism
    Michele Marsonet

    16. Robert Brandom
    Chauncey Maher

    Part II: Pragmatism and Plural Traditions

    17. Pragmatism’s Family Feud
    Henry Jackman

    18. One Hundred Years of Pragmatism at Harvard
    Douglas McDermid

    19. Pragmatism in Britain and Italy in the Early 20th Century
    Gabriele Gava and Tullio Viola

    20. Pragmatism and Analytic Philosophy
    Henrik Rydenfelt

    21. Pragmatism and Continental Philosophy
    Paul Giladi

    22. Prospects for "Big-Tent" Pragmatic Phenomenology
    J. Aaron Simmons

    23. Pragmatism and its Prospects
    Michael Bacon

    Part III: Pragmatism’s Reach

    24. Pragmatism and Logic
    F. Thomas Burke

    25. Pragmatism and Metaphysics
    Claudine Tiercelin

    26. Peirce, James, and Dewey as Philosophers of Science
    Jeff Kasser

    27. Pragmatism and Language
    David Boersma

    28. Pragmatism in the Philosophy of Mind
    Aaron Zimmerman

    29. Pragmatism and Cognitive Science
    Shaun Gallagher

    30. Knowledge-Practicalism
    Stephen Hetherington

    31. Pragmatism and Religion
    Sami Pihlström

    32. Pragmatism and The Moral Life
    Diana B. Heney

    33. Artworld Practice, Aesthetic Properties, Pragmatist Strategies
    Robert Kraut

    34. Pragmatism and Political Philosophy
    Matthew Festenstein

    35. Pragmatism and Metaphilosophy
    Scott Aikin

    Part IV: Pragmatism’s Relevance

    36. Pragmatism and Philosophical Methods
    Andrew Howat

    37. Pragmatism and Expressivism
    David Macarthur

    38. Pragmatism and Naturalism
    James R. O’Shea

    39. Pragmatist Theories of Truth
    Cornelis de Waal

    40. Pragmatism and Insurrectionist Philosophy
    Lee A. McBride III

    41. Latin American Philosophy, U.S. Latinx Philosophy, and Anglo-American Pragmatism
    Denise Meda Calderon and Andrea J. Pitts

    42. Pragmatism and Race
    Jacoby Adeshei Carter

    43. Meaning and Inquiry in Feminist Pragmatist Narrative
    Shannon Dea

    44. Pragmatism and Environmental Philosophy
    Evelyn Brister


    Scott Aikin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He specializes in pragmatism, epistemology, argumentation theory, and ancient philosophy. He is the author of Epistemology and the Regress Problem (2010) and Evidentialism and the Will to Believe (2014).

    Robert B. Talisse is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on political philosophy, with an emphasis on democracy, equality, and justice. His most recent book is Sustaining Democracy (2021).

    "The Routledge Companion to Pragmatism hits a sweet spot. Well organized and approachable, it offers the novice a fine introduction to this vital tradition. Innovative in its conception and comprehensive in its coverage, it contains much that will inform and challenge even the most knowledgeable specialists."
    Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh

    "This book is not only of critical importance to those who deliver lectures about the historiography of the traditions of philosophy at colloquia. It should also be bought by lecturers who are interested in the reach and relevance of pragmatism to philosophy today." - Jason Wakefield, University of Cambridge