SAAP Annual Meeting 2015

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Pragmatism without Hope: Dewey, Post Humanism, and the Anthropocene

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In this paper I argue that global climate change and the advent of the Anthropocene present unique challenges for pragmatism as a humanistic philosophy of hope. The Anthropocene highlights human energies that exceed human bounds while making manifest the post human future implicit in pragmatism, insofar as it is an evolutionary philosophy, but with which pragmatism is unequipped to deal, given its rootedness in human experience. I argue that in light of this double challenge, pragmatists should temper the hopefulness of their meliorism and that to remain relevant in this current geological epoch pragmatism will need a new frame.


Phillip McReynolds    
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
United States


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