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By John J. Stuhr

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William James claimed that his Pragmatism: a brand new identify for a few outdated methods of pondering may turn out effective and epoch-making.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 effect? Is it a very important source for present difficulties and for all times and proposal 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 international contexts. attractive James in unique methods, those eleven essays probe and expand the importance of pragmatism as they specialise in 4 significant, overlapping subject matters: pragmatism and American tradition; pragmatism as a mode of considering and settling disagreements; pragmatism as conception of fact; and pragmatism as a temper, angle, or temperament.

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Those involved in those conversations have not taken for granted that we know the meaning of “well-educated” or that there is any obvious way to go about accomplishing that goal. Instead the means and the end are subjected to critical scrutiny and careful consideration of the evidence concerning what students do and do not learn in colleges today. In one of the most widely read books of recent years on this subject, Our Underachieving Colleges, former and current Harvard president Derek Bok makes available to his readers the evidence about what appears to work best: small, discussion-oriented classes that engage students with 30 • James T.

Instead, Brendel argues in Healing Psychiatry: Bridging the Science/ Humanism Divide, the medical profession needs to embrace what he calls “clinical pragmatism,” an approach resting on four pillars—practical, pluralistic, provisional, and participatory—all of which descend directly from the insights of the founders of pragmatism. First, rather than bull-headedly prescribing standard treatments in all cases, psychiatrists should concentrate on practical results for individual patients and acknowledge that the same approach does not work in all cases.

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. : Blackwell, 2004), pp. 197–220. 5. See the discussion of this essay in H. S. Thayer’s introduction, P, xii.

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