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Leopold, Hadley, and Darwin: Darwinian Epistemology, Truth, and Right

Leopold, Hadley, and Darwin: Darwinian Epistemology, Truth, and Right Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 1 (June 2013), 1­28 Editions Rodopi ©2013 Bryan G. Norton It has been argued, in Environmental Values (Callicott, et al., 2009), that the evidence advanced that Aldo Leopold was influenced by American Pragmatism is "imaginary," and that apparent textual evidence that Leopold learned key ideas from A.T. Hadley, President of Yale University and a self-avowed Pragmatist, can be explained away. It is shown that Callicott, et. al. misunderstand pragmatism, misunderstand what environmental pragmatists have attributed to Leopold, and fail to understand either the context or the internal argument of Leopold's "Conservation as a Moral Issue." Consequently, they miss important contributions that Leopold made to the philosophy of conservation. 1. Introduction It has been argued in the journal, Environmental Values (Callicott, et al., 2009), that the evidence advanced that Aldo Leopold was influenced by American Pragmatism is "imaginary," and that apparent textual evidence that Leopold learned key ideas from A.T. Hadley, President of Yale University and a selfavowed Pragmatist, can be explained away.1 In my response, I will mostly not dispute what is in the written record, published or otherwise. Instead, I will argue (1) that Callicott and his followers misunderstand the ideas Leopold http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Leopold, Hadley, and Darwin: Darwinian Epistemology, Truth, and Right

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 10 (1): 1 – Apr 21, 2013

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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 1 (June 2013), 1­28 Editions Rodopi ©2013 Bryan G. Norton It has been argued, in Environmental Values (Callicott, et al., 2009), that the evidence advanced that Aldo Leopold was influenced by American Pragmatism is "imaginary," and that apparent textual evidence that Leopold learned key ideas from A.T. Hadley, President of Yale University and a self-avowed Pragmatist, can be explained away. It is shown that Callicott, et. al. misunderstand pragmatism, misunderstand what environmental pragmatists have attributed to Leopold, and fail to understand either the context or the internal argument of Leopold's "Conservation as a Moral Issue." Consequently, they miss important contributions that Leopold made to the philosophy of conservation. 1. Introduction It has been argued in the journal, Environmental Values (Callicott, et al., 2009), that the evidence advanced that Aldo Leopold was influenced by American Pragmatism is "imaginary," and that apparent textual evidence that Leopold learned key ideas from A.T. Hadley, President of Yale University and a selfavowed Pragmatist, can be explained away.1 In my response, I will mostly not dispute what is in the written record, published or otherwise. Instead, I will argue (1) that Callicott and his followers misunderstand the ideas Leopold

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Published: Apr 21, 2013

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