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In this remarkable book, Joseph Margolis, one of America's leading and most celebrated philosophers, examines the relationship between two apparently contradictory philosophical tendencies – realism and relativism. In order to examine the relationship between the two, Margolis establishes a taxomony of different kinds of realism and different kinds of relativism. Drawing on both the analytic and Continental traditions, he examines (from a pragmatic point of view) the various relationships between these two tendencies in the light of two major developments in modern philosophy – the concern for praxis and the concern for historicity.
Twenty years after it was first published to great acclaim, Margolis has updated Pragmatism Without Foundations in the light of his most recent work and the development of pragmatism in the intellectual world. This second edition includes an updated preface and a brand new epilogue addressing these developments and their implications for his earlier work.
""Margolis's text will continue to be of interest to advanced scholars in all areas of contemporary philosophy. Summing up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty/researchers."
Prologue: A sense of the issue
Part One: The Defense and Application of Relativism
1. The nature and strategies of relativism
2. Historicism and universalism
3. Objectivism and relativism
4. Rationality and realism
5. Realism and relativism
Part Two: Foundations and the recovery of pragmatism
6. The legitimation of realism
7. Pragmatism without foundations
8. A sense of rapprochement between Analytic and Continental European philosophy
9. Cognitive issues in the realist-idealist dispute
10. Skepticism, foundationalism, and pragmatism
11. Scientific realism as a transcendental issue
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Joseph Margolis is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. His most recent publications include Re-inventing Pragmatism (2002), The Unraveling of Scientism (2003), Moral Philosophy after 9/11 (2004) and Introduction to Philosophical Problems (2006).