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The Things in Heaven and Earth : An Essay in Pragmatic Naturalism, Paperback / softback Book

The Things in Heaven and Earth : An Essay in Pragmatic Naturalism Paperback / softback

Part of the American Philosophy series

Description

The Things in Heaven and Earth develops and applies the American philosophical naturalist tradition of the mid-20th century, specifically the work of three of the most prominent figures of what is called Columbia Naturalism: John Dewey, John Herman Randall Jr., and Justus Buchler.

The book argues for the philosophical value and usefulness of this underappreciated tradition for a number of contemporary theoretical and practical issues, such as the modernist/postmodernist divide and debates over philosophical constructivism. Pragmatic naturalism offers a distinctive ontology of constitutive relations.

Relying on Buchler's ordinal ontology and on the relationality implicit in Dewey's instrumentalism, the book gives a detailed account of this approach in chapters that deal with issues in systematic ontology, epistemology, constructivism and objectivity, philosophical theology, art, democratic theory, foreign policy, education, humanism, and cosmopolitanism.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9780823244690

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