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Perspectives on Pragmatism

Classical, Recent, and Contemporary

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$43.50 • £34.95 • €39.00

ISBN 9780674058088

Publication Date: 10/10/2011


248 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

14 line illustrations, 2 tables


Robert Brandom is the preeminent pragmatic thinker of his generation. Here, he traces the roots of pragmatism back to Kant and Hegel; argues that it has been developed by Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and the ‘classical’ American pragmatists (Peirce, James, and Dewey); and further refined by such neo-pragmatists as Sellars, Rorty, and Putnam. His interpretations are frequently controversial, but always thought-provoking. Against this rich tradition, he hones his own version of a linguistic analytic pragmatism. Anyone interested in pragmatism in all its varieties, the state of contemporary debate about pragmatism, or Brandom’s own ambitious philosophic project, will find this book invaluable.—Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

Another collection of fascinating essays by one of contemporary philosophy’s deepest thinkers. Robert Brandom is almost unique in our generation in combining an illuminating, syncretic, historical perspective, with a highly original and often richly detailed extension of the tradition about which he writes so well.—Huw Price, University of Sydney

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