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Martin Kusch, Psychologism (3)

Kusch, Martin. Psychologism: A Case Study in the Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge. London; New York: Routledge, 1995. See also the Four Appendices to Psychologism (1995). http://www.academia.edu/1078102/Four_Appendices_to_PSYCHOLOGISM_1995_ Finally we come to Kusch’s summary and conclusions. Kusch summarizes the book and his approach to Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge (SPK). Kusch adheres to Bloor’s strong programme in the […]

Martin Kusch, Psychologism (2)

Kusch, Martin. Psychologism: A Case Study in the Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge. London; New York: Routledge, 1995. See also the Four Appendices to Psychologism (1995). http://www.academia.edu/1078102/Four_Appendices_to_PSYCHOLOGISM_1995_ Husserl was preoccupied with psychology and himself was tarred with the label of psychologism. Descriptive phenomenology “serves to prepare the ground for psychology as an empirical science.” Husserl was […]

Martin Kusch, Psychologism (1)

Kusch, Martin. Psychologism: A Case Study in the Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge. London; New York: Routledge, 1995. See also the online appendices: Four Appendices to PSYCHOLOGISM (1995) http://www.academia.edu/1078102/Four_Appendices_to_PSYCHOLOGISM_1995_ This book is fascinating. Abstruse as it is, for me it’s like reading a detective novel. I put this among the top half dozen books illuminating aspects […]

Bruce Kuklick’s history of American philosophy (5)

Kuklick, Bruce. A History of Philosophy in America 1720-2000. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001. 346 pp. $19.95 (pbk), ISBN 0199260168. Part III: Professional Philosophy, 1912-2000 11. Professional Realism 12. Europe’s Impact on the United States 13. Harvard and Oxford 14. The Tribulations of Professional Philosophy Conclusion Methods, Sources, Notes Acknowledgements Index Finally, we get to something […]

Bruce Kuklick’s history of American philosophy (2)

Kuklick, Bruce. A History of Philosophy in America 1720-2000. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001. 346 pp. $19.95 (pbk), ISBN 0199260168. Part II: The Age of Pragmatism, 1859-1934 6. The Shape of Revolution 7. The Consensus on Idealism, 1870-1900 8. Pragmatism in Cambridge 9. Pragmatism at Harvard 10. Instrumentalism in Chicago and New York Post-Civil-War era saw […]

Bruce Kuklick’s history of American philosophy (1)

Kuklick, Bruce. A History of Philosophy in America 1720-2000. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001. 346pp, $19.95 (pbk), ISBN 0199260168. Kuklick presents the history of American philosophy in terms of the social and institutional context in which leading figures and tendencies emerged. Not everyone and everything can be covered in such a survey, but naturally we are […]

McCarthyism, American Philosophy, & Black philosophers

About a decade ago I received this list at a conference of the American Philosophical Association and uploaded it: The Honor Roll: American Philosophers Professionally Injured During the McCarthy Era by John McCumber Following this conference I investigated various writings of McCumber and summed up my reactions in a section of my web page New […]

The Institution of Philosophy (4)

Cohen, Avner; Dascal, Marcelo; eds. The Institution of Philosophy: A Discipline in Crisis? La Salle, IL: Open Court, 1989. Joseph Margolis, “Radical Philosophy and Radical History,” pp. 249-270. Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Derrida may have wanted to put an end to traditional philosophy, but at most they provided self-corrective measures, not the therapies they though they […]

The Institution of Philosophy (3)

Cohen, Avner; Dascal, Marcelo; eds. The Institution of Philosophy: A Discipline in Crisis? La Salle, IL: Open Court, 1989. Hilary Putnam, “Why Is a Philosopher?”, pp. 61-75. Putnam expresses his distemper with positivism and postmodernism, discusses the problem of language and the beloved philosopher’s problem of the brain-in-a-vat, and proposes his philosophy of internal realism. […]

The Institution of Philosophy (1)

Cohen, Avner; Dascal, Marcelo; eds. The Institution of Philosophy: A Discipline in Crisis? La Salle, IL: Open Court, 1989. When I first surveyed this anthology four years ago, the name Marcelo Dascal, whose work is currently under review, was unknown to me. My assessment of this book was . . . er . . . […]