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Evolutionary Pragmatism and Ethics, written by Beth L. Eddy

Evolutionary Pragmatism and Ethics, written by Beth L. Eddy Lanham, md: Lexington Books, 2015. 156 pp. isbn: 978-0-7391-9864-3 (hardback), $80; isbn: 978-0-7391-9865-0 (eBook), $79.99.Review of Evolutionary Pragmatism and EthicsIn Evolutionary Pragmatism and Ethics Beth L. Eddy does American Pragmatism a service by exploring many of the debates concerning evolutionary science prevalent during the formative years of classical Pragmatism. The late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century, of course, is an important period for both evolutionary theory and for American Pragmatism. Many questions and ideas—especially in ethics—remained open. Eddy’s concise and readable book focuses mostly on the assimilation of evolutionary theory by John Dewey, Jane Addams, and Pragmatism’s interlocutor and ally, George Santayana. Eddy clearly lays out how evolutionary science, in its infancy, was part of the public and philosophic debate. Various interpretations of naturalized ethics as well as the meaning of evolution itself were up in the air. Moreover, Eddy argues that how these questions found resolution in the past matter for our contemporary thought. Eddy’s book will be of interest not only for those who have an interest in the history of Pragmatism but also for scholars interested in how ideas from the sciences are digested in the complex milieu of society.Eddy presents a narrative that emphasizes the freshness http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Evolutionary Pragmatism and Ethics, written by Beth L. Eddy

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 14 (2): 4 – Jun 11, 2017

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Lanham, md: Lexington Books, 2015. 156 pp. isbn: 978-0-7391-9864-3 (hardback), $80; isbn: 978-0-7391-9865-0 (eBook), $79.99.Review of Evolutionary Pragmatism and EthicsIn Evolutionary Pragmatism and Ethics Beth L. Eddy does American Pragmatism a service by exploring many of the debates concerning evolutionary science prevalent during the formative years of classical Pragmatism. The late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century, of course, is an important period for both evolutionary theory and for American Pragmatism. Many questions and ideas—especially in ethics—remained open. Eddy’s concise and readable book focuses mostly on the assimilation of evolutionary theory by John Dewey, Jane Addams, and Pragmatism’s interlocutor and ally, George Santayana. Eddy clearly lays out how evolutionary science, in its infancy, was part of the public and philosophic debate. Various interpretations of naturalized ethics as well as the meaning of evolution itself were up in the air. Moreover, Eddy argues that how these questions found resolution in the past matter for our contemporary thought. Eddy’s book will be of interest not only for those who have an interest in the history of Pragmatism but also for scholars interested in how ideas from the sciences are digested in the complex milieu of society.Eddy presents a narrative that emphasizes the freshness

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Contemporary PragmatismBrill

Published: Jun 11, 2017

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