What are ur 3-5 favorite insights from pragmatism? I'll start. -Philosophies are personal temperaments, not reflections of reality (James). -Most philosophical problems we don't solve; we just get over them (Dewey). -We r centerless webs of contingent beliefs & desires (Rorty).

@Jeffrey_Howard_ (1) Differences are only discernable against a backdrop of shared beliefs (Davidson, LW); (2) Prioritizing solidarity rather than objectivity can help us build better communities (Rorty) (3) In order to develop common values, we need common experiences with our neighbors (Dewey)

@SeanCr8on 2 and 3 are considered sweet nothings in my household.

@Jeffrey_Howard_ My insights from Pragmatism: *Our highest moral duty is fruitfulness. *The anti-s: antiessentialism, antiauthoritarianism, antifoundationalism. *Love is the only law/Principle of charity. *The tragic joy of pluralism. *Philosophy should be playful.

@ironick I imagine for a Rortian, reducing human sufferings plays a close second to fruitfulness when it comes to moral duty.

@_Thrill_House_ @ironick Reading CIS, I would suspect reducing human suffering is highest priority, but then again, I doubt Rorty means that in an absolute, fixed, or hierachical sense. In the context of the book, he makes it a primary moral duty. Tho I suppose it could be subsumed under fruitfulness.

@Jeffrey_Howard_ (1) if our conception of an object has no practical consequence then our conception of that object is meaningless (2) Truth aren't necessarily meaningful (3) the highest good, the summum bonum, is the growth of concrete reasonableness ... all pretty Peircey ideas

@holoentropic @Jeffrey_Howard_ I'm always in the market for something that works better

@holoentropic @Jeffrey_Howard_ you're saying what I need to hear. this is a vicious parade of abstracts...

@holoentropic @Jeffrey_Howard_ I lurk around this twitter scene precisely because neopragmatism stresses me out, seems like an avoidance behavior... perhaps for these reasons. but I love Peirce's semiotics and hold out hope that it works in absence of neolibish social epistemology

@FHaruspex @Jeffrey_Howard_ the fourthness paper confutes peirce. i usually go into it. but i don't want to. i'm tired of re-reading that paper. i have more devilish problems to think about

@holoentropic @Jeffrey_Howard_ I know a few fourthness papers... plenty confutations of Peirce. enjoy your devil battles

@FHaruspex Someone has to speak up for the OG. Most of my Twitter mutuals lean toward Rorty, Dewey, Putnam, and James.

@Jeffrey_Howard_ don't I know it I'm working up a critique of Royce to bring into relief the idealism in James, Dewey and Rorty and to render Peirce's differences from Hegel. it will be very tiresome

@Jeffrey_Howard_ - we can be fallibilist and anti-sceptical at the same time (Putnam) - all starting points are contingent - our inheritance from, and our conversation with, our fellow-humans is our only source of guidance (both Rorty,PRI) - the making of knowledge hinges on a turn to each other

@DrHuckerby @Jeffrey_Howard_ @LauraNelson1954 One of the many reasons I love Rorty is that he was a computer programmer when he was in the Army. He even got a commendation for introducing Reverse Polish Notation (familiar to all HP calculator fans) into some software system. Any other philosophers we IT nerds can claim?

@Jeffrey_Howard_ The greatest achievement of pragmatism was to show that one can be fallibilist and anti-skeptical at the same time. -- Hilary Putnam (Paraphrase)

@Jeffrey_Howard_ 1. Truth analogized to a mathematical limit (Peirce) 2. Taking the piss out of philosophers/antiphilosophy (James) 3. With irresolvable options, we should believe options that offer "promise" (James)

@sluffflux I'm very contented with pragmatism being the anti-philospher's philosophical tradition.

@Jeffrey_Howard_ me too. boiling philosophical differences to temperament is a real slap in the face. i tend to identity philosophy with the urge for endless debate, and the cushy position that affords this debate. James says: I don't have time for this.

@Jeffrey_Howard_ Bertrand Russell (in A History of Western Philosophy) says something about how philosophy arose when humans had agriculture and stability which allowed some "prudence" (i think he used that word).

@sluffflux Yeah, traditional notions of philosophy seem to require at least some degree of stability and disposable time beyond making a living and providing a shelter for oneself.

@Jeffrey_Howard_ 1. There is no predetermined end to anything. Everything is constantly in flux. 2. Dualism is lazy thinking. 3. We are our tools and the more we reflect on that as we are using them the more we understand the values we've embedded inside them.

@justhereforasp1 I tend to phrase dualism as "suboptimal," but "lazy" works too. 🤣

@Jeffrey_Howard_ Rather than assuming everything will be fine (optimism) or won't (pessimism), we may as well suppose we can make things better than they'd otherwise be by trying (meliorism). This idea has been keeping me sane through, er, current affairs.

@Splacknuck I similarly love the balance it strikes. Ex: democracy isn't guaranteed, but neither is any sort of totalitarianism or imperialism ("bigness," to use James' word). I feel meliorism gives me just enough hope to continue planting and plowing, without becoming too Polyanna-ish.

@Jeffrey_Howard_ 1. It scares a surprising number of people. 2. Prepare to be vilified 3. If a true pragmatist, 1 & 2 should role off your back.

@ThePragmatist5 Yes, having the certainty of one's foundation shown to be not so absolute can feel incredibly threatening. But there's plenty of daylight on the other side!