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Pragmatism: Modern or Postmodern?

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Andrew Garnar
Clemson University
United States

Abstract:
This paper argues that while classical pragmatism does anticipate aspects of postmodern philosophy, it is best considered a form developed modern philosophy. I begin by arguing that postmodernism should be viewed as a response to a particular set of changes in American and European societies beginning around 1970. I then go on to argue that modern philosophy should be understood as heterogeneous. In demonstrating modern philosophy’s heterogeneity, I show that classical pragmatism fits within the broad trajectory of modern philosophy with some serious qualifications like rejecting the quest for certainty. This argument provides a different of situating classical pragmatism and postmodernism that gives due to the historical specificity of each.

 

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