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Cambridge Pragmatism: From Peirce and James to Ramsey and Wittgenstein

Cheryl Misak


Pragmatism, the home-grown philosophy of America, thinks of truth not as a static relation between a sentence and the believer-independent world, but rather, as a belief that is in some way successful. The founders of pragmatism, Peirce and James, developed this idea in more and less objective ways. Peirce thought that a belief’s success had to be connected to circumstances ‘not extraneous to the facts’, whereas James sometimes argued that a belief is true if it works well for an individual. The standard story of the reception of American pragmatism in England is that Russell and Moore savaged ... More

Keywords: Pragmatism, Peirce, James, Russell, Ramsey, Wittgenstein

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712077
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712077.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cheryl Misak, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

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