A collection of writings on the philosophy of pragmatism, including works by psychologist and philosopher William James, the semiotician and founder of the pragmatist movement, Charles Sanders Peirce, and social theorist John Dewey. Aimed at students of philosophy and the general reader.
Louis Menand is Professor of English at Harvard. His book The Metaphysical Club (2001) won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. He is also the author of American Studies (2002) and Discovering Modernism: T.S. Eliot and His Context 91987; new edition 2004) and the editor of The Future of Academic Freedom (1996). He was contributing editor of The New York Review of Books from 1994 to 2001. Since 2001, he has been a staff writer at The New Yorker.