Frontiers in American Philosophy
Volume I
Pub Date: 01/01/1993
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Frontiers in American Philosophy

Volume I

To push the edges of the known, to look at the accepted in novel ways, is indeed to stand at the frontiers of a field. In Frontiers in American Philosophy thirty-five contemporary scholars explore classical American thought in bold new ways.

An extraordinary range of issues and thinkers is represented in these pages--from such core themes as metaphysics and social philosophy, which receive primary attention, to some consideration of American philosophers' technical accomplishments in mathematical logic and philosophical analysis.

The authors also offer new perspectives on the work of the leading American philosophers, including George Herbert Mead, William James, John Dewey, Charles Sanders Peirce, and Emma Goldman.

Not surprisingly perhaps, a great deal of the discussion revolves, either directly or indirectly, around that great axis of intellectual issues commonly known as the "realism/idealism" controversy. It seems fitting that so much attention is devoted to the possibility of some sort of middle position between "external realism" and its antipode in some form of relativistic subjectivism. For, in the last analysis, such a middle position is for the American philosophers the core meaning of "pragmatism.”

ROBERT W. BURCH and HERMAN J. SAATKAMP are professors of philosophy at Texas A&M University. This volume originated from an international conference held at the university.

What Readers Are Saying:

"The editors wanted to encourage `new approaches,' and most contributors took this to mean linking past and present. There are novelties. John Lachs asks about philosophy and `life' and suggests that philosophy helps to dispose the young permanently toward truth and decency. If philosophy's use is `all but forgotten,' teachers who do not link thought and action very clearly are to blame. . . . The essays contain valuable information and good, clear writing by distinguished philosophers including Hilary Putnam, Joseph Margolis, and Nicholas Rescher. Academic libraries will need this book.” --Library Journal

"As American philosophy matures, it is important to constantly clarify the dialogue that analyzes and critiques American thought in order to maintain the dialogue itself. Works such as this make an important contribution to this goal.” --La Educación

“. . . it will stand up to years of use as a reference and teaching tool in philosophy. . . . As a teaching tool in American philosophy, it belongs in every upper-level undergraduate course on American philosophy.” --Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society


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