Special issue of European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy: “Perfectionism and Pragmatism”

Martin Shuster (Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College) has kindly sent us word that the current number of the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy is a special issue co-edited by Sandra Laugier (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Piergiorgio Donatelli (Università di Roma La Sapienza) on the topic of “Perfectionism and Pragmatism.” To download the entire issue as a PDF file, please click here.

Here is the table of contents:

  • Introduction to the Symposia: Pragmatism, Trascendentalism, and Perfectionism  (pdf)
  • Russell B. Goodman, Emerson and Skepticism: A Reading of “Friendship” (pdf)
  • Daniele Lorenzini, Must We Do What We Say? Truth, Responsibility and the Ordinary in Ancient and Modern Perfectionism (pdf)
  • Tarek R. Dika, Wittgenstein, the Criticism of Philosophy, and Self-Knowledge (pdf)
  • Joseph Urbas, Cavell’s “Moral Perfectionism” or Emerson’s “Moral Sentiment”? (pdf)
  • Heikki Kovalainen, Emersonian Moral Perfectionism: An Alternative Ethics – But in What Sense? (pdf)
  • Martin Shuster, Internal Relations and the Possibility of Evil: On Cavell and Monstrosity (pdf)
  • Matteo Falomi, Perfectionism and Moral Reasoning (pdf)
  • Juan Pablo Serra, What Is and What Should Pragmatic Ethics Be?Some Remarks on Recent Scholarship(pdf)
  • Jeremy Millington, Man as the Measure of All Things:Thoughts on Moral Perfection, Finitude, and Metaethics (pdf)
  • Sarin Marchetti, William James on Truth and Invention in Morality (pdf)
  • Sophie Djigo, Free Spirits: Idealism and Perfectionism (pdf)
  • Stefano Di Brisco, The Difficulty of Moral Perfectionism. Cavell and Diamond on Self-understanding, Disagreement and Nonsense in Ethics (pdf)
  • Nadav Arviv, Autonomy Here and Now: Cavell’s Criticism of Rawls (pdf)


  • Aine Kelly, Stylists in the American grain: Wallace Stevens, Stanley Cavell and Richard Rorty (pdf)

Book Reviews

  • Sarin Marchetti, Sergio Franzese reader of James (pdf)
  • Wojcieh Malecki, Embodying Pragmatism. Richard Shusterman’s Philosophy and Literary Theory, Peter Lang, New York et al., 2010. (pdf)
  • Gemma Corradi Fiumara, Spontaneity. A Psychoanalytic Inquiry – Routledge, London and New York 2009 (pdf)
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