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Michael Bacon, Pragmatism: An Introduction . Oxford: Polity Press, 2012. 224pp. Paper ISBN: 978-0-745-64665-7.

Michael Bacon, Pragmatism: An Introduction . Oxford: Polity Press, 2012. 224pp. Paper ISBN:... theory that compels us to reassess traditional conceptions of meaning and representation. By questioning these conceptions his approach has distinct ­ and rather exciting ­ charms. But at the same time it is not clear what sort of evidence can support it, besides the evident elegance of his approach. Most disconcerting is the possibility that, in rejecting representationalism across the board, Price has deprived his approach of any kind of evidential support at all. Notwithstanding these reservations, Price's proposal is an important extension and deepening of linguistic pragmatism. Given the problems facing representationalism, at both the global and local level, Price's alternative certainly deserves close attention. It may even, as I mentioned at the beginning, have the advantage of being right (and I find Price's responses to Blackburn and Brandom largely convincing). But it is another question whether Price can show that it is right. John Capps Rochester Institute of Technology The questions of level, scope and approach confront any "Introduction" to a complex tradition of thought. With such a broad target in view, difficult decisions about what to focus on, how to organize it and what depth is required immediately arise. Further, academic marketability now demands a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Michael Bacon, Pragmatism: An Introduction . Oxford: Polity Press, 2012. 224pp. Paper ISBN: 978-0-745-64665-7.

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 10 (2): 200 – Apr 21, 2013

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theory that compels us to reassess traditional conceptions of meaning and representation. By questioning these conceptions his approach has distinct ­ and rather exciting ­ charms. But at the same time it is not clear what sort of evidence can support it, besides the evident elegance of his approach. Most disconcerting is the possibility that, in rejecting representationalism across the board, Price has deprived his approach of any kind of evidential support at all. Notwithstanding these reservations, Price's proposal is an important extension and deepening of linguistic pragmatism. Given the problems facing representationalism, at both the global and local level, Price's alternative certainly deserves close attention. It may even, as I mentioned at the beginning, have the advantage of being right (and I find Price's responses to Blackburn and Brandom largely convincing). But it is another question whether Price can show that it is right. John Capps Rochester Institute of Technology The questions of level, scope and approach confront any "Introduction" to a complex tradition of thought. With such a broad target in view, difficult decisions about what to focus on, how to organize it and what depth is required immediately arise. Further, academic marketability now demands a

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