Idealism & Pragmatism:
Convergence or Contestation?

Idealism & Pragmatism: Convergence or Contestation?

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.

Latest News

Jeremy Dunham, a previous Visiting Research Fellow for the Idealism and Pragmatism Network, will be joining the University of Sheffield Philosophy Department as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.

Our 2014 Visiting Research Fellow, Prof. Willem deVries, has just completed his stay at the University of Sheffield. You can find out more about Prof. deVries and his work over at our blog