Contemporary Pragmatism (PHIL3615)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit will explore the distinctive philosophical outlook known as "Pragmatism" which many see as a third way beyond the analytic-continental divide. After a brief survey of classical American Pragmatism (C.S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey) we will consider in depth neo-pragmatism (Richard Rorty, Hilary Putnam), linguistic pragmatism (Robert Brandom, Huw Price), and methodological pragmatism (David Macarthur). Key issues will include realism, empiricism, naturalism, scientism, metaphysical quietism, the fact/value distinction, and the agent point of view in philosophy.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

Assessment

1x1000wd Tutorial Exercise (20%), 1x1000wd Take-home Exercise (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 credit points in Philosophy

Prohibitions

PHIL3015

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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Cross-institutional study

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