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Author Pratt, Scott L., 1959-

Title Native pragmatism : rethinking the roots of American philosophy / Scott L. Pratt.

Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2002]


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Physical description xviii, 316 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The problem of origins -- American pragmatism -- The colonial attitude -- American progress -- The indigenous attitude -- Welcoming the cannibals -- The logic of place -- "This very ground" -- Science and sovereignty -- The logic of home -- Feminism and pragmatism.
Summary Pragmatism is America's most distinctive philosophy. In the received history, it has been understood as a development of European thought in response to the "American wilderness." A closer examination, however, reveals that the roots and central commitments of pragmatism are grounded in ways of thinking that are indigenous to North America. It is the purpose of Native Pragmatism to recover this history and in so doing provide the means to reconceive the scope and potential of American philosophy. Pragmatism has been at best only partially understood by those who focus on its European antecedents. The recovery of the history of pragmatism developed here throws new light on its complex origins and demands a rethinking not only of pragmatism but also of the sources and roles of African American and feminist thought in the development of the American philosophical tradition. Pratt demonstrates that pragmatism and its development involved the work of a wide range of thinkers who have been overlooked in the history of philosophy.
Subject Pragmatism.
Philosophy, American.
Indian philosophy -- North America.
ISBN 0253340780 (cloth : alk. paper)
0253215196 (paperback: alk. paper)