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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

MORE ON THORSTEIN VEBLEN AND H.L MENCKEN; VEBLEN AS A PRAGMATIST

Today's Buggy Topic Continues . . .

. . . the discussion of Veblen and Mencken, set out at length in the previous buggy article on this site.  If you haven't read it, please do so first.  The 2nd long buggy post can be found in the same thread at Economist's View.  Click here for the link.

For More Reading on Pragmatism,

read the fast-moving survey at Wikipedia.  Click here.  A very readable historical account, which deals with both the lives and thought of the great pragmatists of the late 19th and early 20 centuries --- Charles Sanders Peirce,  John Dewey, George Santayana, and William James the pioneers, followed soon by George Herbert Mead and Sidney Hook, with others adding their own influence, can be found here

Notice in the Wikipedia article how pragmatism was elbowed out of serious philosophical work from roughly the 1930s until the 1960s, but how it was then rediscovered by the great American philosophers grouped under the heading of "analytical philosophy" . . . and notably Richard Rorty.