Idealism & Pragmatism:
Convergence or Contestation?

Idealism & Pragmatism: Convergence or Contestation?

The aim of this project is to consider the relation between two great philosophical traditions: idealism and pragmatism. While on the face of it they may appear to be at odds with one another, it is becoming clearer that there are also many potential positive connections between the two, whether understood historically or systematically. We will investigate where these similarities and differences lie, considering both their historical links, and also their relation to central areas in philosophy.

The network will focus on three main themes through a series of workshops and a final conference:

  • 2013 Workshop on the history of the relation between idealism and pragmatism
  • 2014 Workshop exploring connections in metaphysics, epistemology, logic and language
  • 2015 Workshop exploring connections in ethics, social thought, and religion
  • 2015 Final conference

The network links the Department of Philosophy at Sheffield with philosophy departments at the universities of Cambridge, Columbia, Frankfurt, Pittsburgh, Sydney, Vanderbilt, and at the Coll├Ęge de France.

Latest News

Please see our CFP for the final network conference on 23-25 July 2015.

Jeremy Dunham, a previous Visiting Research Fellow for the Idealism and Pragmatism Network, will be joining the University of Sheffield Philosophy Department as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.

Our 2014 Visiting Research Fellow, Prof. Willem deVries, has just completed his stay at the University of Sheffield. You can find out more about Prof. deVries and his work over at our blog