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Pragmatism, Fall 2010 Department of Philosophy, City University Graduate Center  [email protected] )  Professor Samir Chopra (([email protected] Course Requirements Requirements:: 

A weekly 500-word report on the assigned readings (50% of final grade) emailed to the class list the night before class. These responses will serve as the basis of class discussion. A final term paper (the remaining 30%) - 3000 words should be enough. Bibliography: David Hildebrand, Beyond Hildebrand, Beyond Realism and Anti-Realism: Anti-Realism: John Dewey and the  Neopragmatists,, Vanderbilt University Press. 2003. (reserve order placed)  Neopragmatists (HR) Susan Haack, Pragmatism Haack, Pragmatism Old and New: Selected Writings, Writings, Prometheus Books, 2006 (reserve order placed)  placed)  John Shook and Joseph Margolis (eds.), Companion to Pragmatism, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

(M) Louis Menand (ed.), Pragmatism: (ed.),  Pragmatism: A Reader , Reader , Vintage, 1997 (in GC library; on reserve) (D) Morris Dickstein (ed.), The Revival of Pragmatism , Blackwell, 2006 ((in GC library; on reserve)

H.O Mounce, The Two Pragmatisms: From Peirce to Rorty , Routledge, 1997 Robert Brandom (ed.), Rorty and his Critics, Blackwell 2000 (in GC library; on reserve)  Robert B. Brandom, Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism, Oxford University Press, 2008. (in GC library as electronic resource) Cheryl Misak, New Misak, New Pragmatists, Pragmatists, Oxford University Press, 2009 (reserve order placed)

(CCJ) Ruth Anna Putnam (ed.), Cambridge Companion to James, Cambridge University Press 1997 (reserve order placed)

 

(CCP Cheryl Misak (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Pierce, Cambridge University Press, 2003 (reserve order placed) (CCD) Molly Cochran (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Dewey , Cambridge University Press, 2010 (reserve order placed) fa ct-value distinction, Cambridge, Hilary Putnam, The collapse of the fact-value Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004 (reserve order placed) Hilary Putnam, Realism with a Human Face, Edited by James Conant. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1990. ((in GC library; on reserve) Hilary Putnam, Realism, Truth and History, History, Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 1981 (essays 5-9) (reserve order placed) Hilary Putnam,  Pragmatism and Realism, Realism, James Conant (Editor), Urszula M. Zeglen eds., Routledge 2001 (reserve order placed)

Reading Schedule  August 31st - The Greatest Hits - James-I (*) James, Pragmatism James, Pragmatism (entire)

September 7- The Greatest Hits - James-II

(*) James, “The Will to Believe” (http://falcon.jmu.edu/~omearawm/ph101willtobelieve.html ) James, The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life" Supplemental Reading:

William James, "Two English Critics", from The Meaning of Truth,  Harvard University Press, 1975 (essays VI, VII, VIII, IX also offer defenses of James' theory of truth)  Bertrand Russell, "William James' Conception of Truth", from Philosophical Essays (available at: http://libarts.wsu.edu/philo/facultystaff/shier/russell.james.truth.pdf )

(CCJ) Flanagan, "Consciousness as a pragmatist views it"  (CCJ) Gale, "John Dewey's naturalization of William James"  (CCJ) Rorty, "Religious faith, intellectual responsibility, and romance"

 

(CCJ) Hookway,"Logical Principles and philosophical attitudes: Peirce's response to James' pragmatism"  (CCJ) Putnam, "James' theory of truth"  (CCJ) Carlson, "James and the Kantian tradition"   September 14:The Greatest Hits- Peirce- I

(*) Peirce, “The Fixation of belief”   (*) Peirce, “How to Make Our Ideas Clear” (CCP*) Misak, "Charles Sanders Peirce (CCP*) Pihlsrom, "Peirce's place in the pragmatist tradition"

September 21: The Greatest Hits - Pierce-II

Peirce, “Some Consequences of Four Incapacities” Peirce, "Questions concerning certain capacities claimed for man"

Supplemental Reading:

Peirce, "What Pragmatism Is" Peirce, “Deduction, Induction, and Hypothesis” (CCP) Wiggins, "Reflections on inquiry and truth arising from Peirce's method for the fixation of belief"

(CCP) Hookway, "Truth, Reality and Convergence" (CCP) Isaac Levi, "Beware of Syllogism: Statistical reasoning and conjecturing according to Peirce", September 28:The Greatest Hits- Dewey - I Dewey, "The Influence of Darwinism on Philosophy" The Essential John Dewey , Volume 1, Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press, Dewey,

 

Dewey, "The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy" from The Essential John Dewey , Volume 1, Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press, Dewey, Dewey, "Existence, Value and Criticism", The Essential John Dewey , Volume 1,

Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press,

October 5:The Greatest Hits - Dewey - I I Dewey, “Escape from Peril,” from The Quest for Certainty (time permitting, carry on and read Chapter 2, "Philosophy's Search for the Immutable"). Dewey, "Nature, Communication and Meaning", The Essential John Dewey ,

Volume 2, Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press, Dewey, "The Problem of Truth", The Essential John Dewey, Volume 2 , Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press, Dewey, "Propositions, Warranted Assertibility and Truth", from The Essential John Dewey, Volume 2, Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press, Supplemental Reading: (CCD) Ruth Anna Putnam, "Dewey's epistemology" (CCD) Richard Gale, "The naturalism of John Dewey" (CCD) Isaac Levi, "Dewey's logic of inquiry" (CCD) Mark Johnson, "Cognitive science and Dewey's theory of mind, thought, and language"

October 12: The Greatest Hits- Classical Pragmatism Contd.   (HR) Meade, “Mind, Self and Society” and/or “The Social Self” (HR) Schiller, “The Making of Truth” (HR) Lewis, “A Pragmatic Conception of the A priori” (HR) White: The Analytic and Synthetic, An Untenable Distinction

October 19: Post-Positivism and the Revival of Pragmatism

Background:  

 

 You should should have rea read d the follo following wing four cla classic ssic pieces by n now. ow. The Davidson pieces that follow Anti-representationalism:

Sellars, “Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind”, in The Foundations of  Science and the Concepts of Psychoanalysis, Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. I, ed. by H. Feigl and M. Scriven (University of Minnesota Press; Minneapolis, MN; 1956);  Anti-reductionism, Meaning Holism etc:  (*) Quine, W.V.O.1951, "Two Dogmas of Empiricism," The Philosophical Review 60: 20-43. Reprinted in From a Logical Point of View. Harvard University Press. Theories of Truth as Theories of Meaning:

(*) Donald Davidson, "Radical Interpretation" Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation, Oxford University Press, 1984. Content-Scheme Distinction:  Donald Davidson, "On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme", Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation, Oxford University Press, 1984. (reserve order placed)  (*)______, "The Myth of the Subjective",From Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective, Oxford University Press, 2001. Supplemental Davidson  ______, "A Coherence Theory of Truth and Knowledge with Afterthoughts" From Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective, Objective, Oxford University Press, 2001. ______, "Three Varieties of Knowledge", From Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective, Objective , Oxford University Press, 2001. (reserve order placed)

Wittgenstein as Pragmatist:  (*) Robin Haack,"Wittgenstein's Pragmatism", American Pragmatism", American Philosophical Quarterly, Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Apr., 1982), pp. 163-171 Russell B. Goodman, Wittgenstein and Willam James, James, Cambridge University Press, 2008 (reserve order placed) October 26: Putnam's "Internal Realism" and Pragmatism:  

(*) Hilary Putnam, Pragmatism: An Open Question . Oxford: Blackwell, 1995. (in GC library; on reserve) fa ct-value distinction, Cambridge, Hilary Putnam, The collapse of the fact-value Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004 (reserve order placed).

(*) Hilary Putnam, Realism with a Human Face, Edited by James Conant. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1990. (Introductory essay by Conant plus essays 1, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21) .

 

Supplemental:

(*) Putnam, Realism, Truth and History , Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 1981 (essays 5-9) Hilary W. Putnam, “Pragmatism Resurgent: A Reading of The American Evasion of  Philosophy,” in Cornel West: A West: A Critical Reader , ed. George Yancy (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2001), 19-37

November 2: Legal Pragmatism – Holmes, Posner et al.  

(*) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Path of the Law, 10 Harvard Law Review 457 (1897) (at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2373/2373h/2373-h.htm) (D*) Posner, Pragmatic Adjudication , (18 Cardozo Law Review 1 (1996) (D*) Grey, Freestanding Legal Pragmatism; (18 Cardozo Law Review 21 (1996) (D*) Luban, What’s Pragmatic about Legal Pragmatism, (*) Susan Haack, On Legal Pragmatism: Where Does 'The Path of the Law' Lead Us?. American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 50, pp. 71-105, 2005 (available at: http://pap http://papers.ssrn.com/ ers.ssrn.com/sol3/paper sol3/papers.cfm? s.cfm? abstract_id=997918 ) Works, Vol 14, Dewey, My Philosophy of Law, in John Dewey: The Later Works, 1939-1941,  J.A Boydston (ed.), (ed.), pages 115-122, (essay available online through Google Books).

Supplemental Reading:

Dewey, J. 1926. "The Historic Background of Corporate Legal Personality." Yale Law  Journal 35  Journal  35 (6): 655-73. (*) Beryl Harold Levy, John Dewey and Oilver Wendell Holmes, The Pragmatic Approach to Jurisprudence, (at http://www.bibliojuridica.org/libros/1/470/29.pdf) http://www.bibliojuridica.org/libros/1/470/29.pdf)

November 9: Rorty, and his Critics Richard Rorty, Philosophy Rorty, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Nature, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979 (reserve order placed)

 

(HR*) Richard Rorty,“Pragmatism, Relativism, and Irrationalism”, (*) Richard Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity (excerpts on reserve);, Cambridge University Press, 1989 (*) _____, "World Well-lost", Consequences of Pragmatism, University of  Minnesota Press, 1982 (reserve order placed) Supplemental   (D*) ____, "Pragmatism as Romantic Polytheism", Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.   ____, "Postmodernist "Postmodernist Bourgeo Bourgeois is Liberalism Liberalism", ", 1991a. Objectivity, Relativism and Truth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (reserve order placed) (*) Rorty-Farrell Debate from Satkamp collection. November 16 The Rorty-Putna Rorty-Putnam m Debates

 Joseph Margolis, Margolis, Reinventing Pragmatism: American Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century , Cornell University Press, 2002 (reserve order placed) (*) Richard Rorty, "Putnam and the Relativist Menace", The Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy, Vol. 90, No. 9 (Sep., 1993), pp. 443-46, reprinted in Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers Vol. 3, Cambridge University Press, 1998, 43-62.  (*) Putnam on Rorty in Robert Brandom (ed), Rorty and his Critics, Blackwell 2000  November 23: The Truth Debate 

Richard Rorty, 1995: ‘Is truth a goal of enquiry? Donald Davidson versus Crispin Wright’, Philosophical Quarterly 45, 281–300; reprinted in Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers Vol. 3, Cambridge University Press, 1998, 19–42. (reserve order placed) Richard Rorty, "Pragmatism, Davidson and Truth," 1991a. Objectivity, Relativism Truth . Cambridge: Cambridge Press. 167—  (*) Huw Price,and "Truth as Convenient Friction", Journal Friction",  Journal ofUniversity Philosophy 100(2003) 190 (*) Davidson-Rorty debate in Rorty in  Rorty and his Critics  Critics 

(*) Bilgrami on Davidson and Rorty, Robert Brandom (ed), Rorty and his

Critics, Blackwell 2000

November 30: The New Pragmatists

Cheryl Misak (ed.), The New Pragmatists, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009

 

December 7: Toward an analytic pragmatis pragmatism m - Brandom

(*) http://www.usyd.edu.au/time/conferences/epr/brandom.pdf  http://www.pitt.edu/~brandom/locke/index.html http://www.pitt.edu/~brandom/locke/index.html   Sanford Shieh's review of  Between  Between Saying and Doing is Doing is available here:

(*) http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=15886

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