PRAGMATISM (MS 279-335)
Presumably another attempt at the article for The Nation. Pragmatic tendencies discovered in Kant. Definitions in Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding are pragmatistic. Tinge of pragmatic thought in Aristotle partly attributable to Socrates. Descartes is singled out as being pragmatistically blind. Characterization of some of the members of the Metaphysical Club, with special praise for Chauncey Wright. What pragmatism is and isn't. Pragmatism as a method of determining meaning, not a doctrine of the truth of things. A comparison of James's views on pragmatism with CSP's. Pragmatism as a rule of methodeutic. One influence of pragmatism upon metaphysics: bringing metaphysics more in line with common sense than is usually the case. The metaphysical position toward which pragmatism is favorably disposed is conditional idealism (Berkeleyanism with some modifications). Laplace and the notion of probability. Truth and error.
Aristotle, Autobiographical references, Berkeleyianism, Descartes RenÈ ., Error, Idealism (see also Mind), James William, Kant Immanuel and Kant studies (CSP's), Laplace, Pierre Simon de, Locke John, Meaning, Metaphysical Club (Cambridge), Metaphysics, Methodeutic (see also Iogic; Normative science), Pragmatism and Pragmaticism, Probability and Chance, Socrates, Truth, Wright Chauncey (see also Metaphysical Club)
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PRAGMATISM / PROPOSED ARTICLE ON PRAGMATISM FOR THE NATION