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Pragmatism: An Old (Idealist) Way of Thinking

Pragmatism: An Old (Idealist) Way of Thinking lisa landoe hedrick / university of chicago divinity school I. Introduction espite a perception of philosophical antagonism, the resemblances between german idealism of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and classical American pragmatism can be rather striking. historically, pragmatism may be viewed as a distillation of Kant's practical postulates from his preponderant pursuits of theoretical reason. indeed, Peirce appropriated the term pragmatism from Kant's first critique while shedding its pejorative connotations. hegel, i will argue, can be read as employing a pragmatist epistemological method, albeit in a blinkered way, by building on Kant's own pragmatist sympathies in light of a more developmental understanding of the relationship between our beliefs and our environments. hegel did this not by simply stating that we find ourselves with normative commitments and then asking how we can see these commitments as both law-like and self-authored; he did this by asking the genetic question of how those norms become available for our commitment in the first place. Just as the pragmatic method equipped hegel to readdress the Kantian project in ways more congenial to our growing understanding of the nature of experience, we can more rigorously apply the pragmatic method to hegel to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Theology & Philosophy University of Illinois Press

Pragmatism: An Old (Idealist) Way of Thinking

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lisa landoe hedrick / university of chicago divinity school I. Introduction espite a perception of philosophical antagonism, the resemblances between german idealism of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and classical American pragmatism can be rather striking. historically, pragmatism may be viewed as a distillation of Kant's practical postulates from his preponderant pursuits of theoretical reason. indeed, Peirce appropriated the term pragmatism from Kant's first critique while shedding its pejorative connotations. hegel, i will argue, can be read as employing a pragmatist epistemological method, albeit in a blinkered way, by building on Kant's own pragmatist sympathies in light of a more developmental understanding of the relationship between our beliefs and our environments. hegel did this not by simply stating that we find ourselves with normative commitments and then asking how we can see these commitments as both law-like and self-authored; he did this by asking the genetic question of how those norms become available for our commitment in the first place. Just as the pragmatic method equipped hegel to readdress the Kantian project in ways more congenial to our growing understanding of the nature of experience, we can more rigorously apply the pragmatic method to hegel to

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American Journal of Theology & PhilosophyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Oct 31, 2015

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