Pragmatism in the Americas

Pragmatism in the Americas

Pragmatism in the Americas

Pragmatism in the Americas

Synopsis

In the last ten years, investigators worldwide have focused on the connections between the philosophy of classical figures in American pragmatism (e.g., William James, Charles Peirce, and John Dewey) and the Hispanic world. Pragmatism in the Americas examines the intersection between these two traditions, advancing new and unexplored realms of Western philosophy and uncovering new relationships. The book will prove an invaluable source for philosophers and philosophy students, as well as for scholars from other disciplines (e.g., history, political science, sociology, diversity studies, and gender and race studies) to begin understanding the dynamic relationship in thinking between the two Americas. In addition to documenting the results of a new and thriving area of research, it can also function as a primer to direct and provoke further inquiry. Its essays, from North American, Spanish, and Latin American scholars, fill a void in the humanities and introduce a number of Hispanic pragmatists who have not been included in standard pragmatist texts.

Excerpt

The impact and promise of pragmatism in the Hispanic world and beyond North America have been neither appreciated nor documented. I am grateful to Peter Hare, Jorge Gracia, Douglas Browning, and John J. McDermott for insisting years ago that I pursue and lead the requisite inquiry. The inquiry for this book was facilitated by my recent travels to Spain, Peru, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. I am happy to acknowledge the institutional support that I have received from Texas A&M University to travel and to have a faculty development leave to devote myself fully to this project. Thanks to Tomas Alexander, Douglas Anderson, Jaime Nubiola, and many other members of the Society for the Advancement of Philosophy for their encouragement. I am indebted to Cyndy Brown for her help with editing, and everyone at Fordham University Press has been splendid.

I gratefully acknowledge the Diego Rivera estate and the City College of San Francisco for the permission to use Rivera’s Pan-American Unity mural for the cover. Earlier versions of a few of the essays in this book where published elsewhere. I am grateful to publishers of the journals for the permission to use “John Dewey in Spain and in Spanish America” by Antón Donoso (International Philosophical Quarterly Volume 41, No. 3, September 2001); “Dewey and Ortega on the Starting Point” by Douglas Browning (Transactions of the Charles Peirce Society Vol. XXXIV, No. 1); “The Latino Character of American pragmatism” by Gregory Fernando Pappas (Transactions of the Charles Peirce Society Vol. XXXIV, No. 1 1998); and “Dewey and Latina Lesbians on the Quest for Purity” by Gregory Fernando Pappas (Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 15, issue 2, 2001).

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