Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Pragmatism, Practice and the Politics of Critique

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Contemporary Pragmatism

Colin Koopman’s Pragmatism as Transition offers an argumentative retelling of the history of American pragmatism in terms of the tradition’s preoccupation with time. Taking time seriously offers a venue for reorienting pragmatism today as a practice of cultural critique. This article examines the political implications third wave pragmatism’s conceptualization of time, practice, and critique. I argue that Koopman’s book opens up possible lines of inquiry into historical practices of critique from William James to James Baldwin that, when followed through to their conclusion, trouble some of the book’s political conclusions. Taking time and practice seriously, as transitionalism invites pragmatists to do, demands pluralizing critique in a way that puts pressure on familiar pragmatist convictions concerning liberalism, progress, and American exceptionalism.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Government, Cornell University, 215 White Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-7901, 607-255-8270,


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Baldwin James. 1993. The Fire Next Time . New York: Vintage International.
2. Bercovitch Sacvan. 1978. The American Jeremiad . Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
3. Bercovitch Sacvan. 1993. The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America . New York: Routledge.
4. Bernstein Richard J,. 1995. "“American Pragmatism: The Conflict of Narratives,”" in Rorty & Pragmatism: The Philosopher Responds to His Critics , ed. Saatkamp H.J.Jr. (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press), pp. 5457.
5. Dewey John,. 1981. "Experience and Nature", in The Later Works of John Dewey 1925–1953 . Vol Volume 1: 1925, ed. Boydston J.A. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press), pp. 3396.
6. Du Bois W.E.B., 1986. "The Souls of Black Folk", in Writings , ed. Gates Henry L. (New York: Library of America), pp. 357547.
7. Glaude Eddie S. 2000. Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century Black America . Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
8. Hanchard Michael. 1999. “"Afro-Modernity: Temporality, Politics, and the African Disapora",” Public Culture Vol 11(1): 245268.
9. James William,. 1987a. "Pragmatism", in Writings 1902–1910 , ed. Kucklick Bruce (New York: Library of America), pp. 479624.
10. James William,. 1987b. “"The Moral Equivalent of War",” in Writings 1902–1910 , ed. Kucklick Bruce (New York: Library of America), pp. 12811293.
11. Koopman Colin. 2009. Pragmatism as Transition: Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty . New York: Columbia University Press.
12. Koopman Colin. 2013. Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity . Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
13. Livingston Alexander. 2016. Damn Great Empires! William James and the Politics of Pragmatism . New York: Oxford University Press.
14. Lovejoy Arthur. 1908. “"Thirteen Pragmatisms",” The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods Vol 5(1): 512.
15. Rorty Richard. 1979. Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature . Princeton: Princeton University Press.
16. Russell Bertrand,. 1992. “"Pragmatism",” in The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell , Vol. Vol 6: Logical and Philosophical Papers, 1909–13, ed. Slater J.G. (London: Routledge), pp. 260284.
17. Shulman George. 2002. “"Hope and American Politics",” Raritan Vol 21(3): 119.
18. Shulman George. 2008. American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Political Culture . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
19. Tully James. 2008. Public Philosophy in a New Key ,Vol Vol. 1: Democracy and Civic Freedom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
20. West Cornel. 1999. “"Black Striving in a Twilight Civilization",” in The Cornel West Reader . New York: Basic Civitas Books, pp. 87118.

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Contemporary Pragmatism — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation