This page features a collection of the best resources on pragmatism. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of Pragmatism:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Pragmatism. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 10,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of pragmatism:
“Pragmatism was a philosophical tradition that originated in the United States around 1870. The most important of the ‘classical pragmatists’ were Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914), William James (1842–1910) and John Dewey (1859–1952). . . .”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Sam Dresser’s article: To my best belief: just what is the pragmatic theory of truth? [1200 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to Peter Godfrey-Smith discuss Pragmatism – A very American philosophy on The Philosopher’s Zone podcast [24:30 mins]
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Pragmatism
The Daily Idea collects and organizes the best philosophy resources from across the internet to help make learning about philosophy as easy as possible. You can find an organized collection of introductory readings and free philosophy resources here. Or get started below by signing up for a free philosophy quote delivered to your inbox each day!