100 Years of Pragmatism: William James's Revolutionary by John J. Stuhr

By John J. Stuhr

William James claimed that his Pragmatism: a brand new identify for a few outdated methods of pondering could turn out effective and epoch-making. at the present time, after greater than a hundred years, how is pragmatism to be understood? What has been its cultural and philosophical impression? Is it an important source for present difficulties and for all times and suggestion sooner or later? John J. Stuhr and the prestigious members to this multidisciplinary quantity tackle those questions, situating them in own, philosophical, political, American, and worldwide contexts. enticing James in unique methods, those eleven essays probe and expand the importance of pragmatism as they specialize in 4 significant, overlapping issues: pragmatism and American tradition; pragmatism as a style of considering and settling disagreements; pragmatism as thought of fact; and pragmatism as a temper, perspective, or temperament.

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3. Elizabeth Kamarck Minnich, “The American Tradition of Aspirational Democracy,” in Education and Democracy, especially pp. 194–99. 4. On the impact of pragmatism on the writing of American history, see James T. Kloppenberg, “Objectivity and Historicism: A Century of American Historical Writ- 34 • James T. Kloppenberg ing,” American Historical Review 94 (1989): 1011–30; and Kloppenberg, “Pragmatism and the Practice of History: From Turner and Du Bois to Today,” in The Range of Pragmatism and the Limits of Philosophy, ed.

Locke, although he remained “a reluctant race man,” gradually grew to share Kallen’s appreciation of the particularities of individual racial and ethnic traditions. Indeed, whereas Kallen’s model remained Eurocentric, Locke joined with other contributors to the landmark volume he edited, The New Negro: An Interpretation (1925), to celebrate the distinctive contributions of African Americans to the culture of the United States. Although sharp disagreements concerning the singularity of the black experience and the relative insularity of African American culture marked the debates among both blacks and whites during the 1920s (as of course they have ever since), the contributions of Du Bois, Johnson, and Locke—all fueled by pragmatism—inaugurated the twentieth-century African American challenge to previous assumptions concerning the inferiority of African American culture.

The Center for WorkLifeLaw is a clearinghouse and a resource for those interested in filing lawsuits in those cases in which unavoidable conflicts between work and family responsibilities cause workers to be penalized or fired. Such cases, reflecting “family responsibilities discrimination,” 28 • James T. Kloppenberg have increased nearly 400 percent in the last decade. S. Lawsuits Charging Discrimination against Workers with Family Responsibilities,” documents more than six hundred cases over three decades.

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