The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism
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The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism

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Taking Emerson as his starting point, West’s basic task in this enterprise is to chart the emergence, development, decline & recent resurgence of American pragmatism. Dewey is the central figure in this pantheon of pragmatists, but he treats as well such varied mid-century representatives of the tradition as Sidney Hook, C. Wright Mills, DuBois, Niebuhr & Trilling....more
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Published April 15th 1989 by University of Wisconsin Press (Madison) (first published February 1st 1989)
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Theon Hill
The American Evasion of Philosophy is to pragmatism what Marvin Gaye’s hit song, “What’s Going On,” is to Motown: a divergence from mainstream practices in an attempt to engage pressing social issues. Traditional approaches to philosophy, according to West, offer limited value to society due to their preoccupation with epistemological questioning. In this work, West situates pragmatism as a response to philosophy’s overemphasis on epistemology. Specifically, he seeks “to chart the emergence, dev...more
Deanne
Tough read, but still interesting and necessary in order to understand pragmatism spread outside of Dewey and James.
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Cornel Ronald West is an American scholar and public intellectual. Formerly at Harvard University, West is currently a professor of Religion at Princeton. West says his intellectual contributions draw from such diverse traditions as the African American Baptist Church, Marxism, pragmatism, transcendentalism, and Anton Chekhov.
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