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The power of pragmatismKnowledge production and social inquiry$
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Jane Wills and Robert Lake

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526134943

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526134950

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Ecological crisis, action and pragmatic humanism

Ecological crisis, action and pragmatic humanism

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(p.195) 10 Ecological crisis, action and pragmatic humanism
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The power of pragmatism
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Meg Holden

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526134950.00019

This chapter makes a pragmatic argument for a kind of humanism that is able to respond to the ecological crisis of our age. Rather than having to choose between a humanist or post-humanist approach to addressing global ecological crises, the chapter argues for a pragmatic ‘third way’. Drawing on the thought of Hannah Arendt, John Dewey, William James and Richard Rorty, the chapter identifies six pragmatic propositions to guide social scientists in the pursuit of solutions to the ecological and other crises facing us now.

Keywords:   pragmatism, humanism, ecological crisis, Hannah Arendt, John Dewey, William James, Richard Rorty

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