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By John J. Stuhr

ISBN-10: 0253353874

ISBN-13: 9780253353870

William James claimed that his Pragmatism: a brand new identify for a few previous methods of considering may end up victorious and epoch-making. this present day, after greater than a hundred years, how is pragmatism to be understood? What has been its cultural and philosophical influence? Is it a vital source for present difficulties and for all times and suggestion sooner or later? John J. Stuhr and the celebrated members to this multidisciplinary quantity tackle those questions, situating them in own, philosophical, political, American, and international contexts. enticing James in unique methods, those eleven essays probe and expand the importance of pragmatism as they specialise in 4 significant, overlapping topics: pragmatism and American tradition; pragmatism as a style of considering and settling disagreements; pragmatism as conception of fact; and pragmatism as a temper, perspective, or temperament.

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Kloppenberg merely to emphasize the distinctive cultural resources available to individuals from different backgrounds as they shape their own lives and help shape the culture in which they live. Far from essentializing ethnicity, in other words, Kallen viewed it pragmatically, as his later critiques of Zionism made clear. Although he endorsed the idea of a Jewish homeland, Kallen bristled when he saw Zionism applied as a litmus test (or wielded as a club) by those with less flexible or pragmatic conceptions of the idea.

25 20 • James T. Kloppenberg The philosophical dimensions of the legal realist critique were most fully elaborated in the interwar writings of law professors at Yale and Columbia. Scholars such as Karl Llewellyn, Jerome Frank, Thurman Arnold, William O. Douglas, Felix Cohen, Adolf Berle, Robert Lee Hale, Walter Hamilton, and James Landis challenged the legal formalism still being taught in many law schools and still being practiced on the bench. These legal pragmatists directed their fire particularly against the sacred status of property and contract, which they insisted were contingent on public policy rather than protected by the Constitution against any legislative challenges.

I. Bill did institute precisely such programs for returning veterans, and most European nations moved rapidly after WWII to secure just such guarantees for all citizens. 24 Some of the most prominent champions of the New Deal came from the legal community, where legal realism became particularly influential during the 1930s. Usually associated with the jurisprudence of Roscoe Pound, Learned Hand, and Felix Frankfurter, legal realism descended directly from the writings of James’s friends Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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