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Routledge Studies in American Philosophy


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This series is dedicated to monographs and essay collections that examine, from diverse theoretical perspectives, any aspects of America’s rich web of philosophical traditions, from the 17th Century onwards. Frequently associated with pragmatism, particularly in the United States, American philosophy also encompasses many other schools of thought, and has had a significant impact on the development of contemporary epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and political philosophy. By publishing outstanding treatments of its many diverse threads, this series aims to become the default resource for scholars and students interested in a full picture of American philosophy.

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Toward a Metaphysics of Culture

Toward a Metaphysics of Culture

1st Edition

Joseph Margolis
September 05, 2019

Toward a Metaphysics of Culture provides an initial, minimal, and original analysis of the concept of uniquely enlanguaged cultures of the human world and of the distinctive metaphysical features of whatever belongs to the things of that world: preeminently, persons, language, actions, artworks,...

Wilfrid Sellars and Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Wilfrid Sellars and Twentieth-Century Philosophy

1st Edition

Stefan Brandt, Anke Breunig
August 27, 2019

This collection features eleven original essays, divided into three thematic sections, which explore the work of Wilfrid Sellars in relation to other twentieth-century thinkers. Section I analyzes Sellars’s thought in light of some of his influential predecessors, specifically Ludwig Wittgenstein,...

Pragmatic Perspectives: Constructivism beyond Truth and Realism

Pragmatic Perspectives: Constructivism beyond Truth and Realism

1st Edition

Robert Schwartz
July 25, 2019

For a good part of the 20th century, the classic Pragmatists—Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey—and pragmatism in general were largely ignored by analytic philosophers. They were said to hold such untenable views as whatever best satisfies our needs is true and that the end...

Peirce on Perception and Reasoning: From Icons to Logic

Peirce on Perception and Reasoning: From Icons to Logic

1st Edition

Kathleen A. Hull, Richard Kenneth Atkins
July 12, 2019

The founder of both American pragmatism and semiotics, Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) is widely regarded as an enormously important and pioneering theorist. In this book, scholars from around the world examine the nature and significance of Peirce’s work on perception, iconicity, and...

The Quantum of Explanation: Whitehead’s Radical Empiricism

The Quantum of Explanation: Whitehead’s Radical Empiricism

1st Edition

Randall E. Auxier, Gary L. Herstein
March 20, 2019

The Quantum of Explanation advances a bold new theory of how explanation ought to be understood in philosophical and cosmological inquiries. Using a complete interpretation of Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophical and mathematical writings and an interpretive structure that is essentially new,...

Deweyan Experimentalism and the Problem of Method in Political Philosophy

Deweyan Experimentalism and the Problem of Method in Political Philosophy

1st Edition

Joshua Forstenzer
March 14, 2019

This book proposes a pragmatist methodological framework for generating practically relevant political philosophy. It draws on John Dewey’s social and political philosophy to develop an "experimentalist" method, thus charting a middle course between idealism and realism in political philosophy....

The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity

The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity

1st Edition

Kathleen Wallace
March 12, 2019

The concept of a relational self has been prominent in feminism, communitarianism, narrative self theories, and social network theories, and has been important to theorizing about practical dimensions of selfhood. However, it has been largely ignored in traditional philosophical theories of...

Wilfrid Sellars and Buddhist Philosophy: Freedom from Foundations

Wilfrid Sellars and Buddhist Philosophy: Freedom from Foundations

1st Edition

Jay L. Garfield
December 11, 2018

The aim of this book is to address the relevance of Wilfrid Sellars’ philosophy to understanding topics in Buddhist philosophy. While contemporary scholars of Buddhism often take Sellars as a touchstone for philosophical analysis, and while many take Sellars’ corpus as their entrée into current...

The Ethics of Wilfrid Sellars

The Ethics of Wilfrid Sellars

1st Edition

Jeremy Randel Koons
November 30, 2018

Wilfrid Sellars’s ethical theory was rich and deeply innovative. On Sellars’s view, moral judgments express a special kind of shared intention. Thus, we should see Sellars as an early advocate of an expressivism of plans and intentions, and an early theorist of collective intentionality. He...

Sellars and the History of Modern Philosophy

Sellars and the History of Modern Philosophy

1st Edition

Luca Corti, Antonio M. Nunziante
June 18, 2018

This edited volume systematically addresses the connection between Wilfrid Sellars and the history of modern philosophy, exploring both the content and method of this relationship. It intends both to analyze Sellars’ position in relation to singular thinkers of the modern tradition, and to inquire...

Community and Loyalty in American Philosophy: Royce, Sellars, and Rorty

Community and Loyalty in American Philosophy: Royce, Sellars, and Rorty

1st Edition

Steven A. Miller
April 18, 2018

American pragmatism has always had at its heart a focus on questions of communities and ethics. This book explores the interrelated work of three thinkers influenced by the pragmatist tradition: Josiah Royce, Wilfrid Sellars, and Richard Rorty. These thinkers’ work spanned the range of...

Pragmatism and the European Traditions: Encounters with Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology before the Great Divide

Pragmatism and the European Traditions: Encounters with Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology before the Great Divide

1st Edition

Maria Baghramian, Sarin Marchetti
December 06, 2017

The turn of the twentieth century witnessed the birth of two distinct philosophical schools in Europe: analytic philosophy and phenomenology. The history of 20th-century philosophy is often written as an account of the development of one or both of these schools, as well as their overt or covert...

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