The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy

Contemporary Engagements between Analytic and Continental Thought

Edited by William Egginton & Mike Sandbothe

Subjects: Pragmatism, Continental Philosophy, Analytical Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791460702, 268 pages, June 2004
Hardcover : 9780791460696, 268 pages, April 2004

Alternative formats available from:

Table of contents

Mike Sandbothe and William Egginton

1. The Insistence on Futurity: Pragmatism's Temporal Structure
Ludwig Nagl

2. Philosophy as a Reconstructive Activity: William James on Moral Philosophy
Hilary Putnam

3. Pragmatic Aspects of Hegel's Thought
Antje Gimmler

4. The Pragmatic Twist of the Linguistic Turn
Mike Sandbothe

5. The Debate About Truth: Pragmatism without Regulative Ideas
Albrecht Wellmer

6. The Viewpoint of No One in Particular
Arthur Fine

7. A Pragmatist View of Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
Richard Rorty

8. What Knowledge? What Hope? What New Pragmatism?
Barry Allen

9. Richard Rorty: Philosophy Beyond Argument and Truth?
Wolfgang Welsch

10. Keeping Pragmatism Pure: Rorty with Lacan
William Egginton

11. Cartesian Realism and the Revival of Pragmatism
Joseph Margolis

Selected Bibliography

List of Contributors


Demonstrates that the divisions between analytic and continental philosophy are being replaced by a transcontinental desire to address common problems in a common idiom.


The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy explores how the various discursive strategies of old and new pragmatisms are related, and what their pertinence is to the relationship between pragmatism and philosophy as a whole. The contributors bridge the divide between analytic and continental philosophy through a transcontinental desire to work on common problems in a common philosophical language. Irrespective of which side of the divide one stands on, pragmatic philosophy has gained ascendancy over the traditional concerns of a representationalist epistemology that has determined much of the intellectual and cultural life of modernity. This book details how contemporary philosophy will emerge from this recognition and that, in fact, this emergence is already underway.

William Egginton is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He is the author of How the World Became a Stage: Presence, Theatricality, and the Question of Modernity and translated and wrote the introduction to Lisa Block de Behar's Borges: The Passion of an Endless Quotation, both published by SUNY Press. Mike Sandbothe is Professor of Cultural and Media Studies at Friedrich Schiller University at Jena. His most recent book is The Temporalization of Time: Basic Tendencies in Modern Debate on Time in Philosophy and Science.