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This list relates to the academic year Year-2012/2013 which ended on 31/07/2013
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  1. Reading list 10 items
    1. Core textbooks for the course 2 items
      1. A companion to pragmatism - Shook, John R., Margolis, Joseph 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      2. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

        Book 

    2. Recommended Basic Textbooks 4 items
      1. Pragmatism - Bacon, Michael 2012

        Book 

      2. The pragmatic turn - Bernstein, Richard J. 2010

        Book 

      3. Pragmatism, Old And New April 30, 2006 (Hardcover)

        Book 

      4. Preface [in] The Metaphysical Club - L Menand

        Chapter  This is a very nicely written and researcher narration of the lives and thoughts of the three founders of American Pragmatism, Pierce, James and Dewey (as well as Oliver Wendell Holmes). I strongly recommend this as a historical background to our discussions.

    3. Basic Web based and electronic resources: 4 items
      1. Exeter Learning Environment

        Website  this will be your main point of reference, as new material may appear each week to reflect our in-class discussions and your emerging interests

  2. Detailed Syllabus 81 items
    1. Week 1 – Why Study Pragmatism? 8 items
      1. Lecture 1: In this session, we discuss the structure of the course and the assessment procedures. We also discuss the outline of the course in some detail, so as to give you an idea of why studying pragmatism today is a very relevant endeavour, and also to get you thinking about which topic you would like to consider as your research project for the course.

      2. Seminar 1: In the seminar, we will discuss in detail what is expected of you in this course, and we shall decide together on the feasibility and format of the website that we shall produce at the end of it. We shall also draw a schedule of all student presentations over the first and second halves of the term, and discuss possible topics for research.

      3. Required readings: 2 items
        1. Pragmatism - Bacon, Michael 2012

          Book  pp1-14 'Introduction'

      4. Advised readings: 1 item
        1. The Metaphysical Club - Menand, Louis 2001

          Book  Especially the Preface and Chapters 7-15

      5. Supplementary readings: 3 items
        1. The Metaphysical Club - Menand, Louis 2001

          Book 

        2. Pragmatism, Old And New April 30, 2006 (Hardcover)

          Book 

        3. A companion to pragmatism - Shook, John R., Margolis, Joseph 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book 

    2. Week 2 – Charles S. Pierce 6 items
      1. Required readings: 2 items
        1. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  ‘The Fixation of Belief’ and ‘How to Make Our Ideas Clear’ pp. 37-49

        2. A companion to pragmatism - Shook, John R., Margolis, Joseph 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book  ‘Charles Sanders Pierce’ in Companion, pp. 13-29

      2. Advised readings: 2 items
        1. The Birth of Pragmatism [in] Pragmatism - M Bacon

          Chapter 

        2. ‘Charles S. Peirce’s Critique of Cartesianism’ [in] The pragmatic turn - Bernstein R J

          Chapter  Chapter 1

      3. Supplementary readings: 2 items
        1. The philosophy of Peirce: selected writings - Peirce, Charles S, Buchler, Justus 2001

          Book  Collected edition of extracts from Pierce’s major writings

    3. Week 3 – William James 10 items
      1. Required readings: 2 items
        1. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  ‘Philosophical Conceptions and Practical Results’ and ‘Pragmatisms’ Conception of Truth’ in Reader, pp. 66-91

      2. Advised readings: 3 items
        1. A companion to pragmatism - Shook, John R., Margolis, Joseph 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book  William James’ in Companion, pp. 30-42.

        2. Pragmatism - Bacon, Michael 2012

          Book  Chapter 1

        3. The pragmatic turn - Bernstein, Richard J. 2010

          Book  Chapter 2

      3. Supplementary readings: 5 items
        1. The origins of pragmatism: studies in the philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce and William James - Ayer, Alfred Jules 1974

          Book  Ayer, AJ (1968) The Origins of Pragmatism. MacMillan Press (pp.183-336).

        2. A stroll with William James - Barzun, Jacques 1984

          Book 

        3. The Philosophy of William James: an introduction - Gale, Richard M., Gale, Richard M. 2004, c2005

          Book  Check particularly part I

        4. Pragmatism, a new name for some old ways of thinking, and The meaning of truth, a sequel to Pragmatism - James, William, Bowers, Fredson, Skrupskelis, Ignas K. 1978

          Book 

    4. Week 4 – John Dewey 7 items
      1. Required readings: 3 items
        1. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  ‘The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy’ in Reader, pp. 109-140

        2. A companion to pragmatism - Shook, John R., Margolis, Joseph 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book  ‘John Dewey’ in Companion, pp. 54-66

      2. Advised readings: 2 items
        1. Pragmatism - Bacon, Michael 2012

          Book  Chapter 2

        2. The pragmatic turn - Bernstein, Richard J. 2010

          Book  Chapter 3

      3. Supplementary readings: 2 items
    5. Week 5 –Lecture on Essay Writing, Tuesday 23 October 12-2 pm. Seminar as usual. 0 items
    6. Week 6 –New Pragmatism: Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam 11 items
      1. Required readings: 3 items
        1. A companion to pragmatism - Shook, John R., Margolis, Joseph 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book  Hilary Putnam’ and ‘Richard Rorty’ in Companion, pp. 108-119 and 127-138.

        2. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  Putnam, H. ‘Realism with a Human Face’ pp.309-352

        3. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  Rorty, R ‘Solidarity or Objectivity’ pp. 367-380

      2. Advised readings: 4 items
        1. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  Putnam, H. ‘A Reconsideration of Deweyan Philosophy’ pp.309-352

        2. Pragmatism - Bacon, Michael 2012

          Book  Chapter 3

        3. The new pragmatism - Malachowski, Alan R. 2010

          Book  Chapters 2, 3 and 4

      3. Supplementary readings: 4 items
        1. The pragmatic turn - Bernstein, Richard J. 2010

          Book  Chapters 6, 7 and 9

        2. The new pragmatism - Malachowski, Alan R. 2010

          Book 

        3. Renewing Philosophy - Hilary Putnam August 11, 1995 (Paperback)

          Book  Not currently in stock

        4. Philosophy and the mirror of nature - Rorty, Richard 1980

          Book 

    7. Week 7 – Logical Empiricism: Rudolf Carnap and Otto Neura7h 7 items
      1. Required Reading: 3 items
        1. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  ‘Empiricism, Semantics and Logic’ in Reader, pp. 249-264.

      2. Advised reading: 1 item
      3. Supplementary Readings: 3 items
        1. The logical structure of the world: Pseudoproblems in philosophy - Carnap, Rudolf, George, Rolf A. 1967

          Book  (this is HUGELY complex reading, and I do not mean to suggest that you should try to read the whole thing! Only if you are writing your essay on Carnap, you might want to leaf through to become aware of the structure and contents of the book)

        2. Carnap's Construction of the World - Alan W. Richardson December 13, 1997 (Hardcover)

          Book  Not currently in stock

    8. Week 8 –Reconsidering Logical Empiricism 6 items
      1. Required Reading: 3 items
        1. A companion to pragmatism - Shook, John R., Margolis, Joseph 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book  ‘Scientific Realism, Anti-Realism and Empiricism’ in Companion, pp. 398-409.

      2. Supplementary Readings: 3 items
        1. Reconsidering logical positivism - Friedman, Michael 1999

          Book 

        2. The Heritage of logical positivism 1985

          Book  Not currently in stock

    9. Week 9 – Pragmatism and Politi9s 7 items
      1. Required readings: 3 items
        1. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  ‘Creative Democracy – The Task Before Us’ in Reader, pp. 150-154.

        2. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  ‘The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy’ in Reader, pp. 381-402.

        3. The pragmatism reader: from Peirce through the present - Talisse, Robert B., Aikin, Scott F. 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book  Making Disagreement Matter’ in Reader, pp. 471-484.

      2. Supplementary readings: 4 items
        1. Pragmatism - Bacon, Michael 2012

          Book  Chapters 5, 6 and 7

        2. Pragmatism and social hope - Judith M. Green 2009

          Book  Not currently in stock

        3. The political writings - Dewey, John, Morris, Debra, Shapiro, Ian 1993

          Book  collection of Dewey’s most outspoken political essays

    10. Week 10 – Pragmatism and Knowlede 8 items
      1. Required Readings: 2 items
        1. Pragmatism’s Conception of Truth [in] Pragmatism, Old And New - W James

          Chapter  and Dewey, J ‘Common Sense and Scientific Inquiry’ pp.443-464.

      2. Supplementary Readings: 6 items
        1. Science in the 20th century and beyond - Agar, Jon 2010

          Book 

        2. Defending Science - within Reason - Susan Haack January 30, 2007 (Paperback)

          Book  Not currently in stock

        3. Science, truth, and democracy - Kitcher, Philip 2001 (electronic resource)

          Article  eBook

        4. Knowledge and power - Joseph Rouse

          Book 

    11. Week 11 – Pragmatism and Economics 7 items
      1. Required Readings: 2 items
      2. Supplementary Readings: 5 items
        1. Pragmatism and Economics | The Distributed Republic

          Webpage  This essay is also an excellent example of what a very good essay for this course could look like

        2. Keynes and Hayek - Gerry Steele July 18, 2001 (Paperback)

          Book  Not currently in stock

    12. *BART DEADLINE FOR ESSAY: 10 DECEMBER, 4 pm*

    13. Week 12 – Pragmatism and Authority. What Have We Learnt? 1 item
      1. Required Reading: 1 item
        1. A companion to pragmatism - Shook, John R., Margolis, Joseph 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book  Pragmatism as Anti-Authoritarianism’ in Companion, pp. 257-266

    14. Help and Training Resources 2 items
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