Though, possibly by rule if not nature, most bloggers I have seen tend to stray (from time to time) through various topics. One would hope this is where I claim that I won’t stray from the path. I confess, that may happen here as well. The main point of my posts in this blog will be to explore the history of Pragmatism in general, as well as various contemporary issues in the philosophy of science and epistemology whenever they may arise.
When talking about the history of pragmatism, I plan to focus on classical pragmatism (ala Peirce, James, Dewey); while possibly critiquing what most would call Neo-Pragmatism. My specific interest at the moment is exploring the relationship and influence held by F.C.S. Schiller concerning both James and Peirce. In my mind Schiller (not the German Schiller who wrote with Goethe), is a rather interesting figure in the history of philosophy and pragmatism — mainly because he has, more or less, been forgotten. Despite the fact that William James references Schiller and Humanism more often than naught, and Charles Sanders Peirce considered Schiller the midpoint between himself and James (see Peirce’s aptly titled essay, Pragmatism), the secondary literature on Schiller’s philosophy is surprisingly small. An even more interesting point might be that talk of Schiller’s influence in the history of pragmatism is also surprisingly small.
So…thanks for stopping by! I’ll, again hopefully, be posting at least a couple of times a week so check back often. This is the first time I’ve used some sort of online medium to talk about philosophy and/or explore various issues in philosophy so, please, comment away.
– Peter Olen