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Practicing Philosophy as Experiencing Life: Essays on American Pragmatism is a collection of texts written by top international experts on American philosophy. They consider various strands of American pragmatism from the viewpoint of practical philosophy, and provide the historical background and an outline of the international encounter with other philosophical traditions. Many key figures of American thought and pragmatist philosophy are discussed. The volume combines a panorama of approaches and gives a wide scope of problems: ethical, religious, social, political, cultural, ontological, cognitive, anthropological, and others, so as to show that pragmatism can be seen as a philosophy of life and as such it focuses on the life problems of contemporary humans in particular and of humanity in general.

Contributors are: Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley, John Lachs, Sami Pihlström , Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński, Kenneth W. Stikkers, and Emil Višňovský
Philosophical and Axiological Studies on the Avant-Garde, Pragmatism, and Postmodernism
The book presents five philosophical and axiological studies devoted to the relationship between aesthetics and politics. It shows this relationship throughout the works of some avant-gardists, pragmatists, and postmodernists. It is also a voice in the discussion about the meaning of the fine arts and aesthetics in the context of the political aims and norms. This voice claims that the political dimension of art and aesthetics should be studied much more seriously than it has been till today, and needs more courageous re-interpretations and re-readings.
Re-reading the Philosophical Tradition of American Pragmatism
This book shows how much and in what sense values are related to powers and powers are related to values in American pragmatism. The proposed re-reading of American pragmatism will facilitate a novel understanding of it as a philosophical movement and, by showing its truly humanistic, democratic, and pro-social character, the stronger impetus for current rethinking of values is being provided.
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.
In: Practicing Philosophy as Experiencing Life: Essays on American Pragmatism
In: Practicing Philosophy as Experiencing Life: Essays on American Pragmatism
In: Practicing Philosophy as Experiencing Life: Essays on American Pragmatism


The present text presents George Santayana's philosophy of education as seen from the perspective of its possible impact on acting against barbarism and fanaticism in contemporary contexts. The main assumption of this perspective states that education should not be limited to a formal school education, but constitute a life project that uses liberal arts and philosophy as central pieces, and in which 'moral progress' should be seen as a more profound understanding of life in its various modes and its fuller satisfaction. As such, it would limit, if not exclude, the manifestations of fanaticism and barbarity around, since the former provides us with shortsighted, tragic actions and the latter articulates a shallow worldview and perspective, both being deprived of a long-term outlook with more significance. Santayana's educational project assumes that a better and happier society can be had by having wiser and happier individuals, although its controversial point may be its elitism and aristocratism that predominantly comes from the Greek sources in Santayana's thought. The author of this text thinks that Santayana's philosophy can be instrumental in today's reflections on education in the world, in which frustration and negative feelings are so commonly met in the members of the public despite the highest access rates to education ever known, and as if knowledge-oriented education had lost its classical sense in making a good life its focal point.

In: The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism
In: The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey
In: Values and Powers