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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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The American Philosophical Tradition as Progressively Enriched Naturalism

The American Philosophical Tradition as Progressively Enriched Naturalism

(p.117) Six The American Philosophical Tradition as Progressively Enriched Naturalism
Pragmatism with Purpose

Peter Hare

Fordham University Press

This chapter comments on Arnold Berleant's address entitled “Metapragmatism and the Future of American Philosophy,” delivered at the meeting of Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy held at Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts on March 1995. The chapter first explains this chapter's author's conception of the entire sweep of American philosophy from colonial times to the present and goes on to argue that the history of American philosophy can best be understood as the incorporative, progressive, and cumulative development of naturalism. The chapter then suggests that “pragmatism” is a helpful way of calling attention to various interconnected features that have supervened on American naturalism in its late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century development. Finally, it insists that what is usually called American pragmatism is a significant aspect of the most enriched naturalism in world philosophical history—the American philosophical tradition.

Keywords:   metapragmatism, American philosophy, naturalism, pragmatism, Arnold Berleant

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