Pragmatism and Its Critics

Pragmatism and Its Critics

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Pragmatism and Its Critics

Pragmatism and Its Critics

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The "proximate cause," as the Schoolmen would say, of the appearance of this little volume was a short course of semi-popular lectures on "The Origin and Meaning of Pragmatism," delivered at the University of Chicago in the series of "Open Lectures" of the Summer Quarter of 1908.

When, at the close of the course, the publication of the lectures was suggested, I hesitated, recognizing, as I still do, that the time had come in the development of the pragmatic movement for systematic and detailed applications of pragmatic conceptions and methods to specific problems, rather than further discussion of general principles. But as the general discussion went on with unabated fervor, much of it appeared to neglect some phases of the movement which the lectures and some published papers had especially emphasized. These phases were: (1) the historical background of the movement (this especially in the lectures); (2) the central rôle of the conception of evolu-

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