The Practical Turn: Pragmatism in Britain in the Long Twentieth Century

ISBN : 9780197266168

Cheryl Misak; Huw Price
400 Pages
168 x 241 mm
Pub date
Oct 2017
Proceedings of the British Academy
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Pragmatism is the idea that philosophical concepts must start with, and remain linked to human experience and inquiry. This book traces and assesses the influence of American pragmatism on British philosophy, with emphasis on Cambridge in the inter-war period, post-war Oxford, and recent developments.


1 Cheryl Misak: Introduction; 2 Cheryl Misak: Ramsey's 1929 Pragmatism; 3 Anna Boncompagni: The 'Middle' Wittgenstein (and the 'Later' Ramsey) on the Pragmatist Conception of Truth; 4 Hallvard Lillehammer: Smile when you're winning: how to become a Cambridge pragmatist; 5 Simon Blackburn: Pragmatism: All or Some or All and Some?; 6 David Bakhurst: The Spirit of Pragmatism in the Quads of Oxford; 7 Ian Rumfitt: Tempered Pragmatism; 8 Jane Heal: Pragmatism and Anscombe on the First Person; 9 Hanjo Glock: Wittgenstein's Rain in the 'philosophical desert': Pragmatist Ideas in post-war Oxford; 10 Huw Price: Concluding Remarks

About the author: 

Cheryl Misak works on pragmatism, C.S. Peirce, the history of analytic philosophy and philosophy of medicine. Her 2016 book Cambridge Pragmatism: From Peirce and James to Ramsey and Wittgenstein traced the pragmatism that originated in Cambridge, Massachusetts to its manifestation in Cambridge, England. She is a former provost of the University of Toronto and is currently writing an intellectual biography of Frank Ramsey.; Huw Price writes on pragmatism, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and the philosophy of physics. He is currently Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is also Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. Before moving to Cambridge in 2011 he was Challis Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Time at the University of Sydney.

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