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The Narrative and Identity of Pragmatism in America: The History of a Dysfunctional Family?

The Narrative and Identity of Pragmatism in America: The History of a Dysfunctional Family? gregory fernando pappas Texas A&M University we have recently seen the publication of several books on the narrative and identity of Pragmatism. Perhaps this is a sign that, after the first decade of the twenty-first century, scholars of Pragmatism now have the required distance or historical perspective to be confident about the history of Pragmatism in the twentieth century. In this paper, I examine the narratives of Pragmatism in Richard Bernstein's The Pragmatic Turn and Colin Koopman's Pragmatism as Transition.1 In spite of their differences, these scholars argue for an inclusive "big-tent" Pragmatism.2 Their view of Pragmatism in America is optimistic and reconciliatory about the past, present, and future tensions that exist between pragmatist thinkers. They propose and envision different "waves" of Pragmatism, each one providing a new harmonious synthesis of what came before. While this is a desirable and attractive narrative, I do not think these scholars address and come to terms with the core and most difficult issues that seriously split pragmatists today. In this essay, I outline these issues in the hope that a genuine reconciliation will someday be possible. I argue that we must confront the philosophical and the non-philosophical reasons why at different http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

The Narrative and Identity of Pragmatism in America: The History of a Dysfunctional Family?

The Pluralist , Volume 9 (2) – Jun 21, 2014

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gregory fernando pappas Texas A&M University we have recently seen the publication of several books on the narrative and identity of Pragmatism. Perhaps this is a sign that, after the first decade of the twenty-first century, scholars of Pragmatism now have the required distance or historical perspective to be confident about the history of Pragmatism in the twentieth century. In this paper, I examine the narratives of Pragmatism in Richard Bernstein's The Pragmatic Turn and Colin Koopman's Pragmatism as Transition.1 In spite of their differences, these scholars argue for an inclusive "big-tent" Pragmatism.2 Their view of Pragmatism in America is optimistic and reconciliatory about the past, present, and future tensions that exist between pragmatist thinkers. They propose and envision different "waves" of Pragmatism, each one providing a new harmonious synthesis of what came before. While this is a desirable and attractive narrative, I do not think these scholars address and come to terms with the core and most difficult issues that seriously split pragmatists today. In this essay, I outline these issues in the hope that a genuine reconciliation will someday be possible. I argue that we must confront the philosophical and the non-philosophical reasons why at different

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Published: Jun 21, 2014

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