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Rescher’s Cognitive Pragmatism

Rescher’s Cognitive Pragmatism value-free inquiries. For about forty years, pragmatism was out of step with the times. Its sudden and striking revival was due to complex and multiple causes, among them the growth of interest in applied ethics, the renewed concern of the professoriate for public policy as a result of the Vietnam War and a growing unease among intellectuals about the value-free operations and applications of science. Not the least among the reasons for the revival was the intellectual curiosity and perceptiveness of a few thinkers, who discovered in pragmatism rich resources for dealing with both philosophical and practical problems. Nicholas Rescher was, as always, in the vanguard of those exploring new terrain. His embrace and development of pragmatism aided the renaissance and made available a new, well worked out and intriguing version of the position. Pragmatism is an anti-essentialist view, so it is unhelpful, and certainly unpragmatic, to worry about who is and who is not a pragmatist. There are no necessary and sufficient conditions which, if met, constitute credentials and, accordingly, the amount of information we can derive from calling someone a pragmatist is sharply limited. There are so many sorts of pragmatism ­ more in fact than http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Rescher’s Cognitive Pragmatism

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 6 (1): 169 – Apr 21, 2009

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Brill
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© Copyright 2009 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000109
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value-free inquiries. For about forty years, pragmatism was out of step with the times. Its sudden and striking revival was due to complex and multiple causes, among them the growth of interest in applied ethics, the renewed concern of the professoriate for public policy as a result of the Vietnam War and a growing unease among intellectuals about the value-free operations and applications of science. Not the least among the reasons for the revival was the intellectual curiosity and perceptiveness of a few thinkers, who discovered in pragmatism rich resources for dealing with both philosophical and practical problems. Nicholas Rescher was, as always, in the vanguard of those exploring new terrain. His embrace and development of pragmatism aided the renaissance and made available a new, well worked out and intriguing version of the position. Pragmatism is an anti-essentialist view, so it is unhelpful, and certainly unpragmatic, to worry about who is and who is not a pragmatist. There are no necessary and sufficient conditions which, if met, constitute credentials and, accordingly, the amount of information we can derive from calling someone a pragmatist is sharply limited. There are so many sorts of pragmatism ­ more in fact than

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Published: Apr 21, 2009

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