Pragmatism, Then and Now

Pragmatism Today, Vol. 1, No. 2, Winter 2010

University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-14

21 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2012 Last revised: 7 Sep 2012

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Susan Haack

University of Miami - School of Law; University of Miami - Department of Philosophy

Sun Yong

Shanghai Finance University - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

Chinese philosopher Sun Yong interviews Susan Haack on the history of pragmatism, its present standing, and its future. The interview begins with Haack’s account of the origins and evolution of pragmatism; then moves to Peirce’s, James’s, and Dewey’s understandings of truth; to Dewey’s ideas about epistemology and ontology; to Quine’s place in the pragmatist tradition (and specifically his work on logic and his ideas about truth, ontological commitment, and analyticity); Rorty’s Vulgar Pragmatism; and finally to the prospects for pragmatism in the future.

Keywords: pragmatism, pragmatic maxim, meaning, truth, epistemology (theory of inquiry), ontology, Peirce, James, Dewey, Quine, Rorty

Suggested Citation

Haack, Susan and Yong, Sun, Pragmatism, Then and Now (December 1, 2010). Pragmatism Today, Vol. 1, No. 2, Winter 2010; University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1815268

Susan Haack (Contact Author)

University of Miami - School of Law ( email )

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University of Miami - Department of Philosophy ( email )

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Sun Yong

Shanghai Finance University - Department of Philosophy ( email )

465 Min Xing Road
Shanghai, 200433
China

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