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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 5, Chapter 13 Pragmatisms, Section 3 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 5, Chapter 13 Pragmatisms, Section 3 Summary

William James created pragmatism and gave it to the public for Charles Peirce. He had based the philosophy on ideas Peirce had years ago. However, Peirce did not like James' version of pragmatism, or where Dewey was taking it, and tried to create his own philosophy called "pragmaticism." It never succeeded.

However, during this time, Charles Peirce was just starting his downward spiral. Three years after he was fired from Johns Hopkins University, he bought a farm with his new wife Juliette. The happiness would not last long, because in 1891, he was also fired from the Coast Survey. They had finally found out about his personal problems, and did not want the scandal of his life in their agency.

Soon, Peirce and his wife were in New York hiding from creditors. Peirce's brother sent Peirce a copy...

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