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Pragmatism as Post-PostmodernismLessons from John Dewey$
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Larry A. Hickman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228416

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228416.001.0001

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Classical Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Neopragmatism

Classical Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Neopragmatism

(p.48) Three Classical Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Neopragmatism
Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism

Larry A. Hickman

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that classical Pragmatism offers significant advantages over some currently popular versions of neopragmatism for those who are interested in coming to grips with the problems and prospects of our increasingly technological culture. It explains that while the experimentalist version of Pragmatism advanced by John Dewey recognizes the roles of arts and technosciences, Richard Rorty's neopragmatism tends to alternate between blurring that distinction and depicting technoscience as just one more of the literary arts. In addition, while pragmatism emphasizes the objectivity of results, neopragmatism insists on the the relativism of personal and cultural preferences.

Keywords:   pragmatism, neopragmatism, John Dewey, Richard Rorty, technological culture, technoscience, arts

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