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The Existential Pluralism in James’s Radical Empiricism

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Originally, Robert Talisse and Scott Aikin published an essay entitled “Why Pragmatists Cannot Be Pluralists” (2005) , which has drawn much attention for arguing that classical pragmatists cannot be pluralists in any substantive sense. Talisse and Aikin continually assert that essay’s “challenge has never been met. That challenge is for pragmatists to articulate a genuine pluralism consistent with their broader commitments.” The main interpretive claim of this paper is that we should ground our discussion of James’s pluralism in his Essays in Radical Empiricism for a fuller picture than afforded by Talisse and Aikin narrow analysis of meaning pragmatism.


J. Edward Hackett    
Notre Dame College
United States


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