Pragmatism with Purpose: Selected Writings

Pragmatism with Purpose: Selected Writings

Pragmatism with Purpose: Selected Writings

Pragmatism with Purpose: Selected Writings

Synopsis

Pragmatism with Purpose collects essays by the late Peter Hare, a leading proponent of the American philosophical tradition. The volume includes essays on "holistic pragmatism" that Hare developed in conversation with Morton White, as well as historical articles on William James and C. S. Peirce and commentaries on the profession.

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Vincent Colapietro

Peter H. Hare was prone emphatically to remind me, from time to time, that he was drawn to William James not only because of James’s literary gift s but also because of his philosophical insights. While Peter was throughout his life appreciative of James’s efforts to articulate an ethics of belief, he was not willing to grant so readily to James and his followers the right to believe in the context of religion. He felt compelled to hound the gods and their defenders. Even so, the ethics of belief outlined and partly filled in by James provided Peter with the insights, and indeed inspiration, to develop a distinctive form of what in contemporary analytic philosophy is called epistemic responsibilism (or, more Often, simply responsibilism).

In addition to the ethics of belief, James’s reconstruction of experience provided, Peter argued, an invaluable resource for mounting an effective defense of such commonsensical notions as causality, selfhood, autonomy, and temporality. Whereas traditional empiricism tended to undermine our confidence in the cogency of such conceptions (think here of David Hume’s analysis of the self as a bundle of perceptions, or causality as merely a habitual conjunction of temporally discriminable factors within the . . .

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