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Pragmatism with PurposeSelected Writings$

Peter Hare, Joseph Palencik, Douglas Anderson, and Steven A. Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264322

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264322.001.0001

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(p.187) Part Five Philosophy Past and Future

(p.187) Part Five Philosophy Past and Future

Pragmatism with Purpose
Fordham University Press

In this section we chose to bring two brief articles together that effectively capture philosophy’s past, present, and future in Hare’s eyes. The first essay discusses Royce, Mead, Chauncey Wright, and others on symbolic interactionism. While some in social psychology have recognized the roles played by Dewey and Mead in developing interactionism, others such as Royce have largely been ignored. It is an interesting essay in which Hare makes a compelling case for recognizing these “neglected” philosophers.

The second essay, while less dramatic, is no less significant. Here the reader is given a candid and direct assessment of modern American culture and values. Of particular interest, of course, is the future of American philosophy, where it is headed, what challenges it faces, and what strategies from our past appear to be the most promising for solving modern problems. (p.188)