Idealism & Pragmatism:
Convergence or Contestation?

Idealism & Pragmatism: Convergence or Contestation?

Latest News

A special issue of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, edited by Robert Stern, is now available and contains papers from the Idealism and Pragmatism project. The electronic version of the journal can be found here.

A book edited by Robert Stern and Gabriele Gava, containing papers from the project is now available to pre-order from Taylor & Francis here.

This project has now come to an end. Anyone who is interested in sending contributions to the bibliography is welcome to do so and we will continue to update it periodically. Please send submissions to Robert Stern.

Project Aims

The aim of this project is to consider the relation between two great philosophical traditions: idealism and pragmatism. While on the face of it they may appear to be at odds with one another, it is becoming clearer that there are also many potential positive connections between the two, whether understood historically or systematically. We will investigate where these similarities and differences lie, considering both their historical links, and also their relation to central areas in philosophy.

The network will focus on the following core themes through a series of workshops and a final conference:

  • Sheffield 2013 Workshop on the history of the relation between idealism and pragmatism
  • Frankfurt 2014 Workshop exploring connections in metaphysics, epistemology, logic and language
  • Sheffield 2015 Conference in honour of the work of Chris Hookway
  • Paris 2015 Workshop exploring connections in ethics, social thought, and religion
  • London 2015 Final conference

The network links the Department of Philosophy at Sheffield with philosophy departments at the universities of Cambridge, Columbia, Frankfurt, Pittsburgh, Sydney, Vanderbilt, and at the Coll├Ęge de France.