Summer 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will focus on America's most prominent, original philosophical tradition: pragmatism. American pragmatism is a diverse tradition, united by a common interest in the embedding of theory in practice, the fallibility of our knowledge, and a robust account of human experience. We will focus on four of the classical pragmatists (C.S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and Jane Addams) and one neo-pragmatist (Richard Rorty).
* Pragmatism: a reader, ed. Louis Menand
* Jane Addams, Democracy and Social Ethics
* Louis Menand, The Metaphysical Club
Recommended: Blackwell Companion to Pragmatism, ed. John R. Shook & Joseph Margolis
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Prior experience with philosophy or progressive-era American history would be helpful, but is not prerequisite.