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Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots of American Philosophy Scott L. Pratt

Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots of American Philosophy

Scott L. Pratt

Published April 1st 2002
ISBN : 9780253340788
Hardcover
336 pages
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Pragmatism is Americas most distinctive philosophy. Generally it has been understood as a development of European thought in response to the American wilderness. A closer examination, however, reveals that the roots and central commitments ofMorePragmatism is Americas most distinctive philosophy. Generally it has been understood as a development of European thought in response to the American wilderness. A closer examination, however, reveals that the roots and central commitments of pragmatism are indigenous to North America. Native Pragmatism recovers this history and thus provides the means to re-conceive the scope and potential of American philosophy. Pragmatism has been at best only partially understood by those who focus on its European antecedents. This book casts new light on pragmatisms complex origins and demands a rethinking of African American and feminist thought in the context of the American philosophical tradition. Scott L. Pratt demonstrates that pragmatism and its development involved the work of many thinkers previously overlooked in the history of philosophy.