The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #93.2: Pragmatism

General Introduction
– Where’s Grubbs?
– A programming note
– Listener feedback

C.S. Peirce
– What do our sentences mean?
– Synthesizing physical phenomena
– Peirce as Father of Analytic Philosophy
– The scientific method
– Meaninglessness and falsity
– His many systems

William James
– What makes philosophy “true”?
– Ethical and aesthetic enjoyment
– Beginning with experiments
– What made Peirce so angry?
– A method, not a system
– Do James’s ideas have consequences?

Pragmatism and Capitalism
– The “cash value” of beliefs
– Nathan’s great difficulty with pragmatism
– For the sake of what?
– Is there a content to “living well”?
– Is anyone not a pragmatist?

John Dewey
– Does he deserve his reputation?
– School as laboratory for town
– The radical Deweyites
– Learning the contours of social life
– Vs. cultural literacy
– A Platonist pragmatist

Stanley Fish
– And the neo-pragmatists
– Post-Vietnam America
– You can’t say just anything about a text
– Objectivity and solidarity
– Why neo-pragmatism is not relativism
– Do paleo-pragmatists exist?

Pragmatism and Politics
– Is politics a game of pragmatism?
– The content of politics
– Vocabularies and audiences
– Is Barack Obama a pragmatist?
– The Republican counter-strategy

The Hotel Hallway
– A method, not a metaphysics
– What would a pragmatic Christianity look like?
– Dogma and content
– Can you measure doctrine by its fruits?
– Moralistic therapeutic deism
– A neo-pragmatist Christianity

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