Pure Pragmatics and Possible Worlds

This volume contains Wilfrid Sellars' major essays from 1947 through 1953 including the revised version of "Realism and the New Way of Words."

Author: Wilfrid Sellars


ISBN: 0917930061

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This volume contains Wilfrid Sellars' major essays from 1947 through 1953 including the revised version of "Realism and the New Way of Words."
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Wilfrid Sellars and the Foundations of Normativity

In J. Sicha (Ed.), Pure pragmatics and possible worlds: The early essays of Wilfrid
Sellars (pp. 86–114). Atascadero: Ridgeview Publishing Company. Sellars, W. (
1948d). 1948 Letter to Roy Wood Sellars. Wilfrid S. Sellars Papers, 1899–1990, ...

Author: Peter Olen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137527172

Category: Philosophy

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While Wilfrid Sellars’ philosophy is often depicted in an ahistorical fashion, this book explores the consequences of placing his work in its historical context. In order to show how Sellars’ early publications depend on contextual factors, Peter Olen reconstructs the conceptions of language, psychological, and social explanation that dominated American philosophy in the early 20th century. Because of Sellars’ differing explanations of language and behaviour, Olen argues that many of Sellars’ early commitments are incompatible with his later works. In the course of doing so, Olen highlights problematic tensions between Sellars’ early and later conceptions of language, meta-philosophy, and normativity. Supplementing the main text is a collection of previously unpublished archival material from Wilfrid Sellars, Gustav Bergmann, Everett Hall, and other early 20th century philosophers. This text will be a useful resource to those with an interest in the history of American philosophy, the history of analytic philosophy, Wilfrid Sellars’ philosophy, and the myriad issues surrounding normativity and language.
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Philosophy and the Vision of Language

Pure pragmatics and epistemology. In Pure Pragmatics and Possible Worlds: The
Early Essays of Wilfred Sellars, ed. J. F. Sicha. Atascadero CA: Ridgeview
Publishing Co. ——[1947b] 1980. Epistemology and the new way of words. In
Pure ...

Author: Paul M. Livingston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135899523

Category: Philosophy

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Philosophy and the Vision of Language explores the history and enduring significance of the twentieth-century turn to language as a specific object of investigation and resource for philosophical reflection. It traces the implications of the access to language in some of the most prominent projects and results of the historical and contemporary tradition of analytic philosophy, including the projects of Frege, Wittgenstein, Sellars, Quine, Brandom, and Cavell. Additionally, it demonstrates the deep and enduring connections between the analytic tradition’s inquiry into language and the parallel inquiries of phenomenology, critical theory, and deconstruction over the course of the twentieth century. Finally, it documents some of the enduring consequences of philosophy’s inquiry into language for contemporary questions of social and political life. The book provides a clear, accessible and widely inclusive introduction to the relevance of language for analytic and continental philosophy in the twentieth century and is readable by non-specialist audiences. It should contribute to a growing historical sense of the location of the analytic tradition in a broader geography of social, political and critical thought. Furthermore, it contributes to building bridges between this tradition and the neighboring continental ones from which it has all too often been estranged.
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Sellars and Contemporary Philosophy

Pure Pragmatics and Possible Worlds: The Early Essays of Wilfrid Sellars,
Atascadero: Ridgeview 2 2005, pp. 28–40. [ENWW] Sellars, W. S.: “Language,
Rules and Behavior”. In: Sicha, J. F. (ed.): Pure Pragmatics and Possible Worlds:
The ...

Author: David Pereplyotchik

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317208273

Category: Philosophy

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Wilfrid Sellars made profound and lasting contributions to nearly every area of philosophy. The aim of this collection is to highlight the continuing importance of Sellars’ work to contemporary debates. The contributors include several luminaries in Sellars scholarship, as well as members of the new generation whose work demonstrates the lasting power of Sellars’ ideas. Papers by O’Shea and Koons develop Sellars’ underexplored views concerning ethics, practical reasoning, and free will, with an emphasis on his longstanding engagement with Kant. Sachs, Hicks and Pereplyotchik relate Sellars’ views of mental phenomena to current topics in cognitive science and philosophy of mind. Fink, deVries, Price, Macbeth, Christias, and Brandom grapple with traditional Sellarsian themes, including meaning, truth, existence, and objectivity. Brandhoff provides an original account of the evolution of Sellars’ philosophy of language and his project of "pure pragmatics". The volume concludes with an author-meets-critics section centered around Robert Brandom’s recent book, From Empiricism to Expressivism: Brandom Reads Sellars, with original commentaries and replies.
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Categories of Being

2003. The Things We Mean. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Sellars, Wilfrid.
1948. Concepts as Involving Laws and Inconceivable Without Them. Reprinted in
Pure Pragmatics and Possible Worlds: The Early Essays of Wilfrid Sellars, ed.

Author: Leila Haaparanta

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780199890576

Category: Philosophy

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This edited volume is a comprehensive presentation of views on the relations between metaphysics and logic from Aristotle through twentieth century philosophers who contributed to the return of metaphysics in the analytic tradition. The collection combines interest in logic and its history with interest in analytical metaphysics and the history of metaphysical thought. By so doing, it adds both to the historical understanding of metaphysical problems and to contemporary research in the field. Throughout the volume, essays focus on metaphysica generalis, or the systematic study of the most general categories of being. Beginning with Aristotle and his Categories , the volume goes on to trace metaphyscis and logic through the late ancient and Arabic traditions, examining the views of Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William Ockham. Moving into the early modern period, contributors engage with Leibniz's metaphysics, Kant's critique of metaphysics, the relation between logic and ontology in Hegel, and Bolzano's views. Subsequent chapters address: Charles S. Peirce's logic and metaphysics; the relevance of set-theory to metaphysics; Meinong's theory of objects; Husserl's formal ontology; early analytic philosophy; C.I. Lewis and his relation to Russell; and the relations between Frege, Carnap, and Heidegger. Surveying metaphysics through to the contemporary age, essays explore W.V. Quine's attitude towards metaphysics; Wilfrid Sellars's relation to antidescriptivism as it connects to Kripke's; the views of Putnam and Kaplan; Peter F. Strawson's and David M. Armstrong's metaphysics; Trope theory; and its relation to Popper's conception of three worlds. The volume ends with a chapter on transcendental philosophy as ontology. In each chapter, contributors approach their topics not merely in an historical and exegetical fashion, but also engage critically with the thought of the philosophers whose work they discuss, offering synthesis and original philosophical thought in the volume, in addition to very extensive and well-informed analysis and interpretation of important philosophical texts. The volume will serve as an essential reference for scholars of metaphysics and logic.
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The Philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars Queries and Extensions

Such a discussion is not possible in this paper. See, e.g. ... Wilfrid Sellars, “Pure
Pragmatics and Epistemology”, Philosophy of Science 14(1947) 181—202. (
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Author: Joseph C. Pitt

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ISBN: 9789400998483

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In early November 1976 a workshop on the Philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars was held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacks burg, Virginia. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Research Division of the University and organized by Professor Joseph C. Pitt, its aim was to provide a forum in which views of Professor Sellars could be discussed by a group of scholars fully acquainted with this work. Aside from the twelve invited participants, the workshop was attended by interested parties from as far away as Canada. The papers contained in the volume rep resent the results of the discussions held that weekend. With two excep tions the contents are extensively rewritten and revised versions of infor mal talks and presentations. (Rosenberg's paper is here in its original complete version. Rottschaefer was unable to attend. ) This collection is not then the proceedings but the final product derived from work initiated that weekend. The papers reftect both the spirit of the workshop and the work of Professor Sellars in that they represent the fruits of an intense and multi-faceted dialogue. Professor Sellar~' presence and whole hearted participation left us all with more than enough food for thought and a deepened appreciation of both the man and his philosophy. Special thanks are due Thomas Gilmer, Associate Dean of Research for The College of Arts and Sciences and Randal M.
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Making it Explicit

Pure Pragmatics and Possible Worlds: The Early Essays of Wilfrid Sellars.
Reseda, Calif.: Ridgeview Publishing, 1980. PW H. Hermes, F. Kambartel, and F.
Kaulbach, eds. Gottlob Frege: Posthumous Writings. Chicago: University of
Chicago ...

Author: Robert Brandom

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674543300

Category: Philosophy

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Where accounts of the relation between language and mind often rest on the concept of representation, Brandom sets out an approach based on inference, and on a conception of certain kinds of implicit assessment that become explicit in language. It is the first attempt to work out a detailed theory rendering linguistic meaning in terms of use.
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Wilfrid Sellars Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

Wherever possible, we have included original dates and sources of publication to
give the reader a sense of the ... excellent collections are available. For those ...
Pure Pragmatics and Possible Worlds: The Early Essays Introduction Collections.

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This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of social work find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study Philosophy. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit www.oxfordbibligraphies.com.
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The Pragmatics of Perception and Cognition in MT Jeremiah 1 1 6 30

Cognitive Structuring in Ieremiah 1.1-6.30 Dreams, books, are each a world;
books we know, are a substantial world, both pure and ... are partial, in that they
are not representations of models of the world, or representations of possible

Author: Elizabeth Hayes

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110211221

Category: Religion

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Perception and cognition – seeing, hearing and understanding – are main themes in the Biblical Hebrew text of Jeremiah 1:1-6:30. This volume examines the text using a cognitive linguistics approach. This recently developed approach allows the modern reader to more fully understand the ancient text by observing aspects of embodied experience that are shared across time, space and culture, such as image schemas, conceptual metaphor and more elaborate conceptual blends. In addition to offering insights into some key textual disjunctions, these findings contribute towards reading and understanding the final form of the text.
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Pragmatics of Natural Languages

The participants were invited to submit papers after the symposium, written under its impact. The eleven essays published here are the result.

Author: M. Bar-Hillel

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401017138

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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In June 22-27,1970, an International Working Symposium on Pragmatics of Natural Languages took place in Jerusalem under the auspices of The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science.! Some thirty philosophers, logicians, linguists, and psychologists from Israel, U.S.A., West-Germany, England, Belgium, France, Scotland, and Denmark met in seven formal and a number of informal sessions in order to discuss some ofthe problems around the use and acquisition oflanguage which in the eyes of an increasing number of scholars have been left under treated in the recent upsurge ofinterest in theoretical linguistics and philos ophy of language. More specifically, during the formal sessions the following topics were discussed: The validity of the syntactics-seman tics-pragmatics trichotomy The present state of the competence-performance issue Logic and linguistics The New Rhetoric Speech acts Language acquisition. The participants in the Symposium distributed among themselves re prints and preprints of relevant material, partly in advance of the meeting, partly at its beginning. Each session was introduced by one or two modera tors, and summaries of each day's proceedings were prepared and distri buted the next day. The participants were invited to submit papers after the symposium, written under its impact. The eleven essays published here are the result.
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Cognitive Poetics

Any approach to a literary text that insists on pure formalism, restricting itself to
syntax and semantics and the words ... From pragmatics and the philosophy of
language, I outline possible worlds theory, and its narratological and literary ...

Author: Peter Stockwell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134513277

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Cognitive poetics is a new way of thinking about literature, involving the application of cognitive linguistics and psychology to literary texts. This book is the first introductory text to this growing field. In Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction, the reader is encouraged to re-evaluate the categories used to understand literary reading and analysis. Covering a wide range of literary genres and historical periods, the book encompasses both American and European approaches. Each chapter explores a different cognitive-poetic framework and relates it to a literary text. Including a range of activities, discussion points, suggestions for further reading and a glossarial index, the book is both interactive and highly accessible. Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction is essential reading for students on stylistics and literary-linguistic courses, and will be of interest to all those involved in literary studies, critical theory and linguistics.
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Truth or Consequences

The consistency of the world is not the issue, however. ... for natural languages
would have to avail itself of a variety of tools, including proof-theory, possible
worlds frameworks, and assertibility conditions. That is, the boundaries that are
often drawn among pure grammar, proof-theory, semantics, and pragmatics (all
broadly ...

Author: M. Dunn

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0792309200

Category: Philosophy

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The essays in this collection are written by students, colleagues, and friends of Nuel Belnap to honor him on his sixtieth birthday. Our original plan was to include pieces from fonner students only, but we have deviated from this ever so slightly for a variety of personal and practical reasons. Belnap's research accomplishments are numerous and well known: He has founded (together with Alan Ross Anderson) a whole branch of logic known as "relevance logic." He has made contributions of fundamental importance to the logic of questions. His work in modal logic, fonnal pragmatics, and the theory of truth has been highly influential. And the list goes on. Belnap's accomplishments as a teacher are also distinguished and well known but, by virtue of the essential privacy of the teaching relationship, not so well understood. We would like to reflect a little on what makes him such an outstanding teacher.
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The Role of Data at the Semantics pragmatics Interface

On the semantics and pragmatics of shifted indexicals Zoltdn Vecsey 1. ... is a
location, w is a possible state of the world, and g is a (possibly partial) variable
assignment function defined on the ... three paradigmatic indexicals in an
intended model M1' 2 : In this paper I concentrate mainly on the behavior of pure

Author: Enikő Németh T.

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110240269

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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To join the recent debate on data problem in linguistics, this collection of papers provides complex dual purpose analyses at the interface of semantics and pragmatics (including historical, lexical, formal and experimental pragmatics). Based on several current theories and various types of data taken from a number of languages, it discusses object theoretical issues of referentiality, scalar implicatures, implicit arguments, grammaticalization, co-construction and syntactic alternationin their mutual connections to metatheoretical questions concerning the relationship between data and theory."
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The Aesthetics of Communication

Pragmatics and Beyond H. Parret ... meaning of an utterance depends on its
capacity to reflect or mirror an ontology, the latter often modalized, in the logic of
possible worlds for example. ... who records the dependence of enunciative
values (reduced to pure truth-functional values) with regard to their referential

Author: H. Parret

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401117739

Category: Philosophy

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AESTHETICIZING PRAGMATICS The Gamut of Pragmatics Pragmatics emerged among the sciences of language at the end of the 1960's in reaction to certain totalizing models in linguistics: structuralism (primarily in Europe) and generative grammar (initially in the United States). Certain disciples of Chomsky became dissatisfied with autono mous syntax and later with generative semantics: they decided to break away from their mentor. Whereas Chomsky continued to talk a lot about very little, they defied him by speaking very suggestively about an exces sively broad range of phenomena. Pragmatics -which Bar-Hillel consid ered as a 'wastebasket discipline' in the fifties - nevertheless gained respectability. The history of pragmatics spans, of course, much more than three decades. The Stoic conception of language, in the shadow of the great Greek tradition and therefore intensely subversive, had in fact a pragmatic aim. The term pragmatisch appears in Kant: it expresses a relation with a human goal, this goal being only determinable within a community. This characterization naturally inspires the pragmaticism of l the Neo-Kantian Charles Sanders Peirce . It is this Kant-Peirce lineage that led to Morris and Carnap's rather bland conceptions of pragmatics, after the heavy losses incurred by positivism and behaviorism. In any case, despite the constant presence of a pragmatic approach in the history of thought, this reassessment of pragmatics (against the triumphs proclaimed by structuralism and generativism) was experienced as a Significant break through. A whole range of pragmatics came to the attention of linguists.
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Inconsistency Asymmetry and Non Locality

... even at the very top, as it were—at the level of pure theory, far removed from
any concerns with actual experimental application. ... The theory's laws do not
delineate a coherent class of possible worlds in this case, and the theory has no
modeltheoretic models that could double as ... We will also see (in chapter 3) that
the kind of pragmatic considerations one might associate more commonly with ...

Author: Mathias Frisch

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199883776

Category: Science

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Mathias Frisch provides the first sustained philosophical discussion of conceptual problems in classical particle-field theories. Part of the book focuses on the problem of a satisfactory equation of motion for charged particles interacting with electromagnetic fields. As Frisch shows, the standard equation of motion results in a mathematically inconsistent theory, yet there is no fully consistent and conceptually unproblematic alternative theory. Frisch describes in detail how the search for a fundamental equation of motion is partly driven by pragmatic considerations (like simplicity and mathematical tractability) that can override the aim for full consistency. The book also offers a comprehensive review and criticism of both the physical and philosophical literature on the temporal asymmetry exhibited by electromagnetic radiation fields, including Einstein's discussion of the asymmetry and Wheeler and Feynman's influential absorber theory of radiation. Frisch argues that attempts to derive the asymmetry from thermodynamic or cosmological considerations fail and proposes that we should understand the asymmetry as due to a fundamental causal constraint. The book's overarching philosophical thesis is that standard philosophical accounts that strictly identify scientific theories with a mathematical formalism and a mapping function specifying the theory's ontology are inadequate, since they permit neither inconsistent yet genuinely successful theories nor thick causal notions to be part of fundamental physics.
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Critical Environments

Postmodern Theory and the Pragmatics of the "outside" Cary Wolfe. it is not from
the world , even ideally , that the event gets its inexhaustible reserve , its silent (
or indiscernible ) excess , but from its not being attached to it . ... a postexistence
that will bring back to the world the pure separated point of the supplement
produced by the event . ... in the service of the theological , reassuring discourse
of the " best possible world , " subjected divergence and disjunction to a negative
use .

Author: Cary Wolfe

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816630194

Category: Philosophy

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Unique in its collation of major theorists rarely considered together, Critical Environments incorporates detailed discussions of the work of Richard Rorty, Walter Benn Michaels, Stanley Cavell, Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela, Niklas Luhmann, Donna Haraway, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Fredric Jameson, and others, and ranges across fields from feminist philosophy of science to the theory of ideology. Offering American readers a comprehensive introduction to systems theory and responding to the widespread charge of relativism leveled against it, Wolfe's work will enhance and inspire new kinds of critical thought.
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Transcendental Arguments and Science

We may justify the statement “I am representing a possible world that is
accessible to a world, in which I am representing by showing ... It seems to me
that the challenges of the sceptic are pragmatic contradictions (if they are
supposed to be statements) and can be used to ... We might investigate the
transcendental arguments in the Critique of Pure Reason from this point of view
and try to construct the ...

Author: P. Bieri

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400994102

Category: Philosophy

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The goal of the present volume is to discuss the notion of a 'conceptual framework' or 'conceptual scheme', which has been dominating much work in the analysis and justification of knowledge in recent years. More specifi cally, this volume is designed to clarify the contrast between two competing approaches in the area of problems indicated by this notion: On the one hand, we have the conviction, underlying much present-day work in the philosophy of science, that the best we can hope for in the justifi cation of empirical knowledge is to reconstruct the conceptual means actually employed by science, and to develop suitable models for analyzing conceptual change involved in the progress of science. This view involves the assumption that we should stop taking foundational questions of epistemology seriously and discard once and for all the quest for uncontrovertible truth. The result ing program of justifying epistemic claims by subsequently describing patterns of inferentially connected concepts as they are at work in actual science is closely connected with the idea of naturalizing epistemology, with concep tual relativism, and with a pragmatic interpretation of knowledge. On the other hand, recent epistemology tends to claim that no subsequent reconstruction of actually employed conceptual frameworks is sufficient for providing epistemic justification for our beliefs about the world. This second claim tries to resist the naturalistic and pragmatic approach to epistemology and insists on taking the epistemological sceptic seriously.
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Systems Theory for Pragmatic Schooling Toward Principles of Democratic Education

... knowing is no longer about an immaterial mind looking at the material world
and registering what goes on in it—a view ... All knowledge is about relations (
whether actual relations or potential relations). ... of potential consequences, our “
potential awareness” as it were, is therefore the crux of pure and applied

Author: C. Cunningham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137449320

Category: Education

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Writing for educators and education leaders, Cunningham shows that combining a philosophy of pragmatism with thinking about education as systems can illuminate challenges in contemporary schooling and provide practical solutions for creating a democratic education.
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Revels in Madness

And borrowing from the rationalist philosophers, the nephew can declare that in
this best of all possible worlds, whatever is, ... The nephew's body is a pure
machine for reproducing sensations. ... Diderot's attempts at mastery have little
pragmatic value, for the nephew can readily agree that his fibers are amiss or that
his ...

Author: Allen Thiher

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472089994

Category: History

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"The scope of this book is daunting, ranging from madness in the ancient Greco-Roman world, to Christianized concepts of medieval folly, through the writings of early modern authors such as Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Descartes, and on to German Romantic philosophy, fin de siecle French poetry, and Freud . . . Artaud, Duras, and Plath."-Isis"This provocative and closely argued work will reward many readers."-ChoiceIn Revels in Madness, Allen Thiher surveys a remarkable range of writers as he shows how conceptions of madness in literature have reflected the cultural assumptions of their era, and emphasizes the transition from classical to modern theories of madness-a transition that began at the end of the Enlightenment and culminates in recent women's writing that challenges the postmodern understanding of madness as a fall from language or as a dysfunction of culture.
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Historical Pragmatics

He tells us, however, that it is entirely possible that there might be beings with
different conditions of sensibility (A90-91/B123), conditions so different that what
... For him, the pure natural language will best express our knowledge of the

Author: Robert E. Butts

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401581882

Category: Science

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For 35 years, the critical and creative writings of Robert E. Butts have been a notable and welcome part of European and North American philosophy. A few years ago, James Robert Brown and Jiirgen Mittelstrass feted Professor Butts with a volume entitled An Intimate Relation (Boston Studies vol. 116, 1989), essays by twenty-six philosophers and historians of the sciences. And that joining of philosophers and historians was impressive evidence of the 'intimate relation' between historical illumination and philosophical understanding which is characteristic of Butts throughout his work. Not alone, Butts has been, and is, one of this generation's most incisive thinkers, devoted to responsible textual scholarship and equally responsible imaginative interpretation. Brown and Mittelstrass said that "throughout his writings, science, its philosophy, and its history have been treated as a seamless web", and I would add only that philosophy per se is a part of the web too. Here in this book before us are the results, a lovely collection from the work of Robert Butts, who is for so many of his colleagues, students and readers, Mr. HPS, the model philosophical historian and historical philosopher of the sciences. July 1993 Robert S. Cohen Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University TABLE OF CONTENTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE IX INTRODUCTION Xl PART I EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 1 1. Some tactics in Galileo's propaganda for the mathematization of scientific experience 3 2.
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