Doing the Truth: Georg Kuhlewind and Pragmatism

By Leland Tyson Anderson.

Published by The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies

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I argue that Georg Kuhlewind’s thought and pragmatism have a great deal in common. Both are a matter of activity, of “doing the truth,” and pragmatism itself has nothing to do with being commercial or materialistic. Biblical and Greek notions of truth are discussed and related to pragmatism. Kuhlewind’s discussion of “noticing” and forgetfulness of Self are related to Pilate and truth. The contemplative dimension of pragmatism – in James but especially in Dewey – is highlighted. In conclusion, “the linguistic turn” and pragmatism are connected to Kuhlewind’s interest in language and in his teaching that I-beings are “word-beings.”

Keywords: Pragmatism, Qualitative Experience, Creativity

The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, Volume 11, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.13-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 14, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 438.805KB)).

Dr. Leland Tyson Anderson

Professor, Philosophy, Theology, and Religion, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida, USA

Dr. Anderson has published in the areas of comparative religion and philosophy, religion and culture, and higher education. His recent work is on the changing conception of the university in a market-driven economy.