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Pragmatism, Fall 2010 Department of Philosophy, City University Graduate Center Professor Samir Chopra (schopra@brooklyn.cuny.

edu) Course Requirements: A weekly 500-word report on the assigned readings (50% of final grade) emailed to the class list the night before class. These responses will serve as the basis of class discussion. A final term paper (the remaining 30%) - 3000 words should be enough. Bibliography: David Hildebrand, Beyond Realism and Anti-Realism: John Dewey and the Neopragmatists, Vanderbilt University Press. 2003. (reserve order placed) (HR) Susan Haack, Pragmatism Old and New: Selected Writings, Prometheus Books, 2006 (reserve order placed) John Shook and Joseph Margolis (eds.), Companion to Pragmatism, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009 (M) Louis Menand (ed.), Pragmatism: A Reader , Vintage, 1997 (in GC library; on reserve) (D) Morris Dickstein (ed.), The Revival of Pragmatism , Blackwell, 2006 ((in GC library; on reserve) H.O Mounce, The Two Pragmatisms: From Peirce to Rorty, Routledge, 1997 Robert Brandom (ed.), Rorty and his Critics, Blackwell 2000 (in GC library; on reserve) Robert B. Brandom, Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism, Oxford University Press, 2008. (in GC library as electronic resource) Cheryl Misak, New Pragmatists, Oxford University Press, 2009 (reserve order placed) (CCJ) Ruth Anna Putnam (ed.), Cambridge Companion to James, Cambridge University Press 1997 (reserve order placed)

(CCP Cheryl Misak (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Pierce, Cambridge University Press, 2003 (reserve order placed) (CCD) Molly Cochran (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Dewey, Cambridge University Press, 2010 (reserve order placed) Hilary Putnam, The collapse of the fact-value distinction, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004 (reserve order placed) Hilary Putnam, Realism with a Human Face, Edited by James Conant. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1990. ((in GC library; on reserve) Hilary Putnam, Realism, Truth and History, Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 1981 (essays 5-9) (reserve order placed) Hilary Putnam, Pragmatism and Realism, James Conant (Editor), Urszula M. Zeglen eds., Routledge 2001 (reserve order placed) Reading Schedule August 31st - The Greatest Hits - James-I (*) James, Pragmatism (entire) September 7- The Greatest Hits - James-II (*) James, The Will to Believe (http://falcon.jmu.edu/~omearawm/ph101willtobelieve.html) James, The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life" Supplemental Reading: William James, "Two English Critics", from The Meaning of Truth, Harvard University Press, 1975 (essays VI, VII, VIII, IX also offer defenses of James' theory of truth) Bertrand Russell, "William James' Conception of Truth", from Philosophical Essays (available at: http://libarts.wsu.edu/philo/facultystaff/shier/russell.james.truth.pdf) (CCJ) Flanagan, "Consciousness as a pragmatist views it" (CCJ) Gale, "John Dewey's naturalization of William James" (CCJ) Rorty, "Religious faith, intellectual responsibility, and romance"

(CCJ) Hookway,"Logical Principles and philosophical attitudes: Peirce's response to James' pragmatism" (CCJ) Putnam, "James' theory of truth" (CCJ) Carlson, "James and the Kantian tradition" September 14:The Greatest Hits- Peirce- I (*) Peirce, The Fixation of belief (*) Peirce, How to Make Our Ideas Clear (CCP*) Misak, "Charles Sanders Peirce (CCP*) Pihlsrom, "Peirce's place in the pragmatist tradition" September 21: The Greatest Hits - Pierce-II Peirce, Some Consequences of Four Incapacities Peirce, "Questions concerning certain capacities claimed for man" Supplemental Reading: Peirce, "What Pragmatism Is" Peirce, Deduction, Induction, and Hypothesis (CCP) Wiggins, "Reflections on inquiry and truth arising from Peirce's method for the fixation of belief" (CCP) Hookway, "Truth, Reality and Convergence" (CCP) Isaac Levi, "Beware of Syllogism: Statistical reasoning and conjecturing according to Peirce", September 28:The Greatest Hits- Dewey - I Dewey, "The Influence of Darwinism on Philosophy" The Essential John Dewey, Volume 1, Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press, Dewey,

Dewey, "The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy" from The Essential John Dewey, Volume 1, Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press, Dewey, Dewey, "Existence, Value and Criticism", The Essential John Dewey, Volume 1, Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press,

October 5:The Greatest Hits - Dewey - II Dewey, Escape from Peril, from The Quest for Certainty (time permitting, carry on and read Chapter 2, "Philosophy's Search for the Immutable"). Dewey, "Nature, Communication and Meaning", The Essential John Dewey, Volume 2, Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press, Dewey, "The Problem of Truth", The Essential John Dewey, Volume 2, Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press, Dewey, "Propositions, Warranted Assertibility and Truth", from The Essential John Dewey, Volume 2, Hickman, Alexander eds., Indiana University Press, Supplemental Reading: (CCD) Ruth Anna Putnam, "Dewey's epistemology" (CCD) Richard Gale, "The naturalism of John Dewey" (CCD) Isaac Levi, "Dewey's logic of inquiry" (CCD) Mark Johnson, "Cognitive science and Dewey's theory of mind, thought, and language" October 12: The Greatest Hits- Classical Pragmatism Contd. (HR) Meade, Mind, Self and Society and/or The Social Self (HR) Schiller, The Making of Truth (HR) Lewis, A Pragmatic Conception of the A priori (HR) White: The Analytic and Synthetic, An Untenable Distinction October 19: Post-Positivism and the Revival of Pragmatism Background:

You should have read the following four classic pieces by now. The Davidson pieces that follow Anti-representationalism: Sellars, Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind, in The Foundations of Science and the Concepts of Psychoanalysis, Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. I, ed. by H. Feigl and M. Scriven (University of Minnesota Press; Minneapolis, MN; 1956); Anti-reductionism, Meaning Holism etc: (*) Quine, W.V.O.1951, "Two Dogmas of Empiricism," The Philosophical Review 60: 20-43. Reprinted in From a Logical Point of View. Harvard University Press. Theories of Truth as Theories of Meaning: (*) Donald Davidson, "Radical Interpretation" Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation, Oxford University Press, 1984. Content-Scheme Distinction: Donald Davidson, "On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme", Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation, Oxford University Press, 1984. (reserve order placed) (*)______, "The Myth of the Subjective",From Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective, Oxford University Press, 2001. Supplemental Davidson ______, "A Coherence Theory of Truth and Knowledge with Afterthoughts" From Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective, Oxford University Press, 2001. ______, "Three Varieties of Knowledge", From Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective, Oxford University Press, 2001. (reserve order placed) Wittgenstein as Pragmatist: (*) Robin Haack,"Wittgenstein's Pragmatism", American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Apr., 1982), pp. 163-171 Russell B. Goodman, Wittgenstein and Willam James, Cambridge University Press, 2008 (reserve order placed) October 26: Putnam's "Internal Realism" and Pragmatism: (*) Hilary Putnam, Pragmatism: An Open Question. Oxford: Blackwell, 1995. (in GC library; on reserve) Hilary Putnam, The collapse of the fact-value distinction, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004 (reserve order placed). (*) Hilary Putnam, Realism with a Human Face, Edited by James Conant. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1990. (Introductory essay by Conant plus essays 1, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21) .

Supplemental: (*) Putnam, Realism, Truth and History, Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 1981 (essays 5-9) Hilary W. Putnam, Pragmatism Resurgent: A Reading of The American Evasion of Philosophy, in Cornel West: A Critical Reader, ed. George Yancy (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2001), 19-37 November 2: Legal Pragmatism Holmes, Posner et al. (*) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Path of the Law, 10 Harvard Law Review 457 (1897) (at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2373/2373h/2373-h.htm) (D*) Posner, Pragmatic Adjudication , (18 Cardozo Law Review 1 (1996) (D*) Grey, Freestanding Legal Pragmatism; (18 Cardozo Law Review 21 (1996) (D*) Luban, Whats Pragmatic about Legal Pragmatism, (*) Susan Haack, On Legal Pragmatism: Where Does 'The Path of the Law' Lead Us?. American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 50, pp. 71-105, 2005 (available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm? abstract_id=997918) Dewey, My Philosophy of Law, in John Dewey: The Later Works, Vol 14, 1939-1941, J.A Boydston (ed.), pages 115-122, (essay available online through Google Books). Supplemental Reading: Dewey, J. 1926. "The Historic Background of Corporate Legal Personality." Yale Law Journal 35 (6): 655-73. (*) Beryl Harold Levy, John Dewey and Oilver Wendell Holmes, The Pragmatic Approach to Jurisprudence, (at http://www.bibliojuridica.org/libros/1/470/29.pdf) November 9: Rorty, and his Critics Richard Rorty, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979 (reserve order placed)

(HR*) Richard Rorty,Pragmatism, Relativism, and Irrationalism, (*) Richard Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity (excerpts on reserve);, Cambridge University Press, 1989 (*) _____, "World Well-lost", Consequences of Pragmatism, University of Minnesota Press, 1982 (reserve order placed) Supplemental (D*) ____, "Pragmatism as Romantic Polytheism", Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ____, "Postmodernist Bourgeois Liberalism", 1991a. Objectivity, Relativism and Truth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (reserve order placed) (*) Rorty-Farrell Debate from Satkamp collection. November 16 The Rorty-Putnam Debates Joseph Margolis, Reinventing Pragmatism: American Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century, Cornell University Press, 2002 (reserve order placed) (*) Richard Rorty, "Putnam and the Relativist Menace", The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 90, No. 9 (Sep., 1993), pp. 443-46, reprinted in Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers Vol. 3, Cambridge University Press, 1998, 43-62. (*) Putnam on Rorty in Robert Brandom (ed), Rorty and his Critics, Blackwell 2000 November 23: The Truth Debate Richard Rorty, 1995: Is truth a goal of enquiry? Donald Davidson versus Crispin Wright, Philosophical Quarterly 45, 281300; reprinted in Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers Vol. 3, Cambridge University Press, 1998, 1942. (reserve order placed) Richard Rorty, "Pragmatism, Davidson and Truth," 1991a. Objectivity, Relativism and Truth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (*) Huw Price, "Truth as Convenient Friction", Journal of Philosophy 100(2003) 167 190 (*) Davidson-Rorty debate in Rorty and his Critics (*) Bilgrami on Davidson and Rorty, Robert Brandom (ed), Rorty and his Critics, Blackwell 2000 November 30: The New Pragmatists Cheryl Misak (ed.), The New Pragmatists, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009

December 7: Toward an analytic pragmatism - Brandom (*) http://www.usyd.edu.au/time/conferences/epr/brandom.pdf http://www.pitt.edu/~brandom/locke/index.html Sanford Shieh's review of Between Saying and Doing is available here:

(*) http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=15886