Some hundred years after its inception, Pragmatism has reclaimed centre stage, not just within philosophy, but also within intellectual culture as a whole. This book sets out to explain what it is about Pragmatism that makes it such a distinctively attractive prospect to so many thinkers, even in previously hostile traditions. Alan Malachowski sets out in a clear and accessible manner the original guiding thoughts behind the Pragmatist approach to philosophy and examines how these thoughts have faired in the hands of those largely responsible for the present revival (Putnam and Rorty). The Pragmatism that emerges from this exploration of its "classic" and "new wave" forms is then assessed in terms of both its philosophical potential and its wider cultural contribution. Readers will emerge from the book with a more secure grip on what Pragmatism involves and a correspondingly clearer grasp of what it has to offer and what its current resurgence is all about.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1. Introducing the New Pragmatism 2. Leaving Classic Pragmatism Behind 3. Rorty Against the Tradition 4. Putnam's Contributions 5. Pragmatism without Reconciliation: Rorty and Putnam 6. Prospects Conclusion Notes On Reading New Pragmatists Select Bibliography Index