Review by Choice Review
The heart of this volume is a set of original thematic essays, each providing an overview of some aspect of pragmatism, such as its ethics, metaphysics, or relationship to social theory. The contributors and editors share their understanding that pragmatism is a scattered, diverse set of philosophies that do not lend themselves to completely systematic treatment. Although a comprehensive treatment is perhaps impossible, the editors do a good job of covering many aspects of this tradition. Some of the organization is confusing. Reference-type units like glossaries, chronological lists, and thematic bibliographies both precede and follow the thematic chapters. The general bibliography is followed by a separate bibliographic reference list for the thematic chapters--itself at some distance from an endnotes section that likewise gets buried among the other reference materials, making them hard to find while reading the essays. But the content is useful, and can widen scholars' understanding of new aspects of a tradition in which they may already be partly engaged; however, the content may be a little overwhelming for novices. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty. S. E. Forschler St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.