Telling tales out of school: Pragmatic reflections on philosophical storytelling

Vincent M. Colapietro

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This article offers a critique of a deeply engrained tendency to narrate the story of American pragmatism exclusively or primarily in terms of modern European philosophy. While it suggests alternative stories, it is principally a metanarrative, an intentionally polemical story about our entrenched habits of philosophical storytelling. Indeed, the pragmatics of storytelling merits, especially in reference to historical accounts of American pragmatism, critical attention. The seemingly simple question, "What are we doing when we tell the story of this movement in this manner rather than that?" is a truly important one. It is also an avowedly pragmatic question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Speculative Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 29 2013

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  • Philosophy


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