2164 - Pragmatism: An American Approach to Philosophy
Each winter I offer three classes in philosophy. This one is primarily intended for those who know something of the history of philosophy and its concerns and who have been involved in previous sessions with me, but welcomes all who have some background in the subject and want to tackle a particular school of philosophy. This class is a natural follow-up for those who read and discussed William James last winter; its sessions will be devoted to reading and discussing essays about pragmatism by its advocates past and present, and there is considerable disagreement among them! The anthology is comprehensive and calls for another future course. Participants will have a voice, as they did in the James class, in essay selection. Facilitated Discussion. CAVEAT: My philosophy "classes" are collaborative, collegial gatherings. I select the subject and the text and facilitate the talk, and we do philosophy together in an intellectually rigorous , open, and mutually helpful way. If you are registering for one of these groups for the first time, please be aware of the nature of the group process, and that your participation in it is essential and requires close, critical reading of the text, readiness to offer questions, comments, and conclusions on the subject of the day. Therefore, commitment to consistent attendance so that the continuity of the conversation and the spirit of the inquiry are maintained is very important. So if you are planning and extended trip this winter or have any personal business will prevent this, it would not be wise to register for this one. You will have wonderful intellectual fun if you do!
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