Article ID: CBB708124579

Wittgenstein and the Genesis of Neo-Pragmatism in American Thought (2016)


While commentators have noted that the revival of pragmatism in recent decades can be understood in the context of a larger turn towards anti-foundational thought, they have largely ignored the important and complicated role that Ludwig Wittgenstein's ideas about foundationalism played in that revival. By tracing Wittgenstein's influence on the philosophers Stanley Cavell and Thomas Kuhn, the author first suggests that the revival of neo-pragmatism is better understood in the context of mid-century analytic philosophy they inherited, as well as Wittgenstein's unique contribution and challenge to that tradition. Next, by showing how the Wittgensteinian ideas of Cavell and Kuhn played an important role in the decades-long debate between Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam, arguably the most important catalyst of neo-pragmatist thought, the author shows that Wittgenstein's reframing of Kantian epistemology places the emergence of neo-pragmatism in a larger context of Enlightenment thought in the United States, rather than making it an easy ally of anti-foundational post-structuralism.

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Article Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg; (2013)
My Road to History of Science (/isis/citation/CBB001420391/) unapi

Chapter Jean-Pierre Llored; (2020)
Substance and Function: The Case of Chemical Elements (/isis/citation/CBB986119517/) unapi

Article David Loner; (2020)
Alice Ambrose and the American Reception of Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Mathematics, 1935–75 (/isis/citation/CBB296871977/) unapi

Essay Review Klagge, James C.; (2000)
The difficulty here is: To stop (/isis/citation/CBB000110354/) unapi

Article Kindi, Vasso; (2010)
Novelty and Revolution in Art and Science: The Connection between Kuhn and Cavell (/isis/citation/CBB001034601/) unapi

Article Luis Fernández Moreno; Paula Atencia Conde-Pumpido; (2021)
Kuhn, Putnam and the Reference (/isis/citation/CBB979754022/) unapi

Article Milena Ivanova; (2015)
Conventionalism About What? Where Duhem and Poincaré Part Ways (/isis/citation/CBB231074020/) unapi

Book Gaynesford, Maximilian de; (2006)
Hilary Putnam (/isis/citation/CBB000701271/) unapi

Article Lombardi, Olimpia; (2012)
Prigogine and the Many Voices of Nature (/isis/citation/CBB001210753/) unapi

Chapter Susanna Zellini; (2018)
Wittgenstein, Mach e il senso comune (/isis/citation/CBB902592785/) unapi

Article Ainsworth, Peter M.; (2012)
The Third Path to Structural Realism (/isis/citation/CBB001210957/) unapi

Book Shook, John R.; (2001)
The Chicago School of Functionalism (/isis/citation/CBB000102425/) unapi

Book Ryan White; (2015)
The Hidden God: Pragmatism and Posthumanism in American Thought (/isis/citation/CBB780454462/) unapi

Article Paul Redding; (2015)
An Hegelian Solution to a Tangle of Problems Facing Brandom's Analytic Pragmatism (/isis/citation/CBB119442305/) unapi

Book Giovanni Vailati; Claudia Arrighi; Paola Cantù; Mauro De Zan; Patrick Suppes; (2010)
Logic and Pragmatism: Selected Essays by Giovanni Vailati (/isis/citation/CBB877530276/) unapi

Book Cotter, Matthew J.; (2004)
Sidney Hook Reconsidered (/isis/citation/CBB000470050/) unapi

Book D'Agostino, Fred; (2010)
Naturalizing Epistemology. Thomas Kuhn and the Essential Tension (/isis/citation/CBB001024160/) unapi

Article Hana, Daesuk; (2010)
Wittgenstein and the Real Numbers (/isis/citation/CBB001210976/) unapi

Book Jonathan Beale; Ian James Kidd; (2017)
Wittgenstein and Scientism (/isis/citation/CBB047756067/) unapi

Authors & Contributors
Shook, John R.
Backe, Andrew
Klagge, James C.
Bloor, David
Cotter, Matthew J.
Sidorsky, David
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Perspectives on Science
Foundations of Chemistry
History and Philosophy of Logic
Science in Context
Thoemmes Press
Prometheus Books
McGill-Queen's University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Columbia University Press
Philosophy of science
Pragmatism; instrumentalism
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Putnam, Hilary
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Dewey, John
Titchener, Edward Bradford
Angell, James Rowland
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
United States
Berlin (Germany)

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment