Must a Pragmatist Be a Historical Materialist?

Contemporary Pragmatism 6 (1):67-86 (2009)
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There has only been sporadic engagement between the pragmatist and Marxist philosophical traditions. This is unfortunate because each has a great deal to learn from the other. This article seeks to form a bridge between the two traditions by reconstructing an argument from Marx and Engels for historical materialism in the light of both traditions' shared emphasis on the centrality of action. There is much in the Marxist tradition that pragmatists can and should integrate into their own work, particularly given their interest in cultivating richer democracies.



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