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Pragmatism's Evolution: Organism and Environment in American Philosophy

Trevor Pearce


This book argues that pragmatism—the most famous movement in American philosophy in the early 1900s—was the outgrowth of a rich conversation between late nineteenth-century philosophers, biologists, and social scientists. For the pragmatists, biological ideas such as evolution, adaptation, and environment were central to debates about scientific inquiry and moral progress. The initial chapters focus on how Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and other early pragmatists engaged with the evolutionary ideas of Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer in the 1860s and 1870s. The book then turns to th ... More

Keywords: Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, John Dewey, Jane Addams, W. E. B. Du Bois, Herbert Spencer, Charles Darwin, pragmatism, evolution, environment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226719887
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226720081.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trevor Pearce, author
University of North Carolina at Charlotte