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The Practical Turn: Pragmatism in Britain in the Long Twentieth Century

Cheryl Misak and Huw Price


The pragmatist approach to philosophical problems focuses on the role of disputed notions—for example, truth, value, causation, probability, necessity—in our practices. The insight at the heart of pragmatism is that our analysis of such philosophical concepts must start with, and remain linked to, human experience and inquiry. As a self-conscious philosophical stance, pragmatism arose in America in the late nineteenth century, in the work of writers such as Charles Peirce, William James and John Dewey. While popular wisdom would have it that British philosophy thoroughly rejected that of its ... More

Keywords: Pragmatism, truth, Ramsey, Wittgenstein, Anscombe, Strawson, Dummett, Price, Blackburn

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266168
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cheryl Misak, editor
Professor, University of Toronto

Huw Price, editor
Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge