Robert Talisse is head of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and an expert on pragmatism, one of America's distinctive contributions to western philosophy. In this talk, he will introduce us to the history of pragmatism, and to the contribution of thinkers like John Dewey and Charles Pierce, and then explore how pragmatism lives on today, and how it can contribute to improving public debate. At a moment when the American government is in shutdown, can we learn to take a more pragmatic approach?
Robert is the author of seven books, including Why We Argue (and How We Should); Pluralism and Liberal Politics; Reasonable Atheism; and Pragmatism: A Guide for the Perplexed. He has also edited 10 books, including The Pragmatism Reader. His homepage is here (https://sites.google.com/site/rtalisse/home).
You can read a Five Books interview Talisse recently did on Pragmatism for the Browser here (http://fivebooks.com/interviews/robert-talisse-on-pragmatism).
And listen to Robert discussing Pragmatism on Philosophy Bites here (http://philosophybites.com/2010/02/robert-talisse-on-pragmatism.html).
The event will cost £3, to cover the cost of room hire. We'll start at 7.30 and end at 9.30. There is a cafe and bar with food and drink available at the Cecil Sharp House.