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LAWS 7758 American Pragmatism (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Pragmatism is the most distinctive philosophical movement to arise on American soil. Its origins can be traced to a post-Civil War discussion group called the Metaphysical Club whose members included Charles Peirce, William James, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and a number of other distinguished thinkers. Their influence extended to many fields well into the twentieth century. In this class, we will consider pragmatism as a theory of meaning, a philosophy of science, and a political theory that places an on-going human community at the center of the quest for knowledge.


Instructor(s): Catharine Wells

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PHIL5502

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Last Updated: 20-Aug-14