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The Things in Heaven and Earth: An Essay in Pragmatic Naturalism

John Ryder

Abstract

The book makes a case for the conceptual plausibility and applied usefulness of pragmatic naturalism. Specifically, it draws on the too often neglected traditions of American naturalism and pragmatism associated primarily with Columbia University in the early and mid 20th century. The primary philosophical resources are Justus Buchler's ordinal ontology and John Dewey's instrumentalism. Pragmatic Naturalism rests on a relational ontology, i.e. the idea that whatever there is, is relational, all the way down. The first two parts of the book present the relational ontology, its connection with p ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, cosmopolitanism, democracy, education, epistemology, international relations, naturalism, pragmatism, relational ontology, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823244683
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823244683.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Ryder, author
Khazar University