John Lachs's Practical Philosophy

Critical Essays on His Thought with Replies and Bibliography


John Lachs (1934-) has been one of the most interesting American philosophers for nearly sixty years. His philosophical, educational, and public activity has been an attempt to show the relevance of philosophy to life. This is the first book dedicated to his thought. International scholars have proposed different themes in Lachs’ philosophy, so as to present its enormous potential. Lachs’ responses to his critics shows that dialogue with his critics is an inspirational activity for both sides. Lachs’ way of philosophizing can be seen as exemplary for those who want to unify and present a clear and understandable articulation of moral and philosophical messages to everyone.

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Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński, PhD, is Opole University Professor of Philosophy. He co-founded Berlin Practical Philosophy International Forum e.V. He authored, edited, and co-edited numerous books on American philosophy, especially pragmatism.
Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński
Notes on Contributors
Herman Saatkamp Jr.
John Lachs

Part 1: The Practice of Philosophizing

1 Lachs on Transcendence: Art’s Relation to the Life of Reason
Michael Hodges
 Reply to Michael Hodges
2 Thinking in the World: Expanding the Practical Uses of Philosophy
Kelly A. Parker
 Reply to Kelly Parker
3 Practical Posthumanism in the Philosophy of John Lachs
Phillip McReynolds
 Reply to Phillip McReynolds
4 John Lachs’s Relativism in Philosophical Education as Seen from a Practical Perspective
Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński
 Reply to Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński
5 John Lachs, Meaningful Effort, and the Broken World
Charles Padrón
 Reply to Charles Padrón

Part 2: Philosophical Relationships

6 Lachs, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Andrew Fiala
 Reply to Andrew Fiala
7 Lachs vs. Santayana
Richard Rubin
 Reply to Richard Rubin
8 The Unadulterated Joy and the Pressure of Obligations in John Lachs’s Philosophy
Nóra Horváth
 Reply to Nóra Horváth

Part 3: Stoic Pragmatism

9 How Stoic is Lachs’ Pentapharmakos?
Daniel Pinkas
 Reply to Daniel Pinkas
10 Toward an Ontology for Stoic Pragmatism
Griffin Trotter
 Reply to Griffin Trotter
11 Self-Respect, Positive Power, and Stoic Pragmatism: Rawls, Dewey, and Lachs on Justice and Happiness
Eric Thomas Weber
 Reply to Eric Thomas Weber
12 ‘Raisins in the Bread of Life’: On the Practical Joys of Lachs’s Stoic Pragmatism
Shannon Sullivan
 Reply to Shannon Sullivan

Part 4: Anthropology, Social Ethics, and Bioethics

13 The Unlived Life: The Main Nemesis of the Examined Life
Vincent Colapietro
 Reply to Vincent Colapietro
14 Are Acts of Institutions Really Fully Analyzable into the Constituent Actions of Human Beings?
Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley
 Reply to Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley
15 Mediation and Its Discontents
Michael Brodrick
 Reply to Michael Brodrick
16 Facing Death: Preparing for Dying as a Social Process
Patrick Shade
 Reply to Patrick Shade
17 John Lachs on Happiness and Individuality
Matthew Caleb Flamm
 Reply to Matthew C. Flamm

Part 5: Addendum

18 Immediacy and the Future
Phil Oliver
 Reply to Phil Oliver
19 Death and Self-Importance
John Lachs

Part 6: Comprehensive Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources

Articles and Shorter Pieces
Secondary Bibliography
Directed Dissertations at Vanderbilt University
For anyone interested in the practical dimension of philosophy, especially in education, ethics, and anthropology.
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