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Pragmatism, Objectivity, and Experience

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  • Date Published: January 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108534321

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  • In this book Steven Levine explores the relation between objectivity and experience from a pragmatic point of view. Like many new pragmatists he aims to rehabilitate objectivity in the wake of Richard Rorty's rejection of the concept. But he challenges the idea, put forward by pragmatists like Robert Brandom, that objectivity is best rehabilitated in communicative-theoretic terms - namely, in terms that can be cashed out by capacities that agents gain through linguistic communication. Levine proposes instead that objectivity is best understood in experiential-theoretic terms. He explains how, in order to meet the aims of the new pragmatists, we need to do more than see objectivity as a norm of rationality embedded in our social-linguistic practices; we also need to see it as emergent from our experiential interaction with the world. Innovative and carefully argued, this book redeems and re-actualizes for contemporary philosophy a key insight developed by the classical pragmatists.

    • Provides a pragmatic account of objectivity for those looking for alternatives to metaphysical approaches
    • Re-evaluates the classical pragmatic tradition in contemporary terms, bringing it into discussion with new pragmatism and the Pittsburgh School
    • Demonstrates that the concept of experience must continue to play a central role in philosophy
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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108534321
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I:
    1. Rorty and the rejection of objectivity
    2. Brandom, pragmatism, and experience
    3. Communication, perception, and objectivity
    Part II:
    4. An experiential account of objectivity
    5. Pragmatism, experience, and answerability
    6. Meaning, habit, and the myth of the given
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Steven Levine, University of Massachusetts, Boston
    Steven Levine is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has published many articles on classical and contemporary pragmatism, as well as on figures including Sellars, Brandom, McDowell, and Davidson.

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