Pragmatism in the Americas

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INTRODUCTION
Gregory Fernando Pappas

1. In this book we are assuming the most inclusive understanding of the term “Hispanic” defended by Jorge Gracia in Hispanic/Latino Identity: A Philosophical Perspective (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000). Hispanics are “the group of people comprised by the inhabitants of the countries of the Iberian peninsula after 1492 and what were to become the colonies of those countries after the encounter between Iberia and America took place, and by the descendants of these people who live in other countries (e.g., the United States) but preserve some link to those people” (48). Consonant with pragmatism is the notion that there is no essence to either “Hispanics” or “pragmatism.” Loosely, pragmatism is a family of philosophers and ideas in the way that the Hispanic world is also a family (in Gracia’s sense). It will be obvious, however, in this introduction and in my other essays in this volume that I am assuming the well-documented and defended view that “lived experience” as the starting point of philosophical inquiry is key to the classical pragmatist (Peirce, James, and Dewey). For more on the present scholarly disagreements about the nature of pragmatism, see my review of A Companion to Pragmatism in Contemporary Pragmatism 4, no. 2 (December 2007).

2. Guillermo Hurtado, “Two Models of Latin American Philosophy,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 20, no. 3: 212.

3. See the chapters on “Jane Addams” by Marilyn Fischer, “Feminism” by Shannon Sullivan, and “Alain Locke” by Leornard Harris in A Companion to Pragmatism, ed. John R. Shook and Joseph Margolis (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006).

4. Peter H. Hare, “Introduction, American Philosophy and the Hispanic World,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 24, no.1 (1998): 30.

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