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A collection of essays, Philosophy in America at the Turn of the Century, available at http://pdcnet.org/philamer.html.

Inside cover: This special supplement of the Journal of Philosophical Research contains invited papers prepared by several well-known philosophers on the occasion of the 100th annivesary of the founding of the American Philosophical Association (APA). These wide-ranging essays look ahead as well as to the recent and more distant past, and suggest the diversity, directions, and challenge of contemporary philosophy in the United States. Table of Contents: Robert Audi, Preface; John R. Searle, Philosophy in a New Century; Gilbert Harman, The Future of the A Priori; Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Has Passion a Place in Philosophy?; Karen Hanson, On "Those Truths of Experience Upon Which Philosophy is Founded;" George S. Pappas, On Some Philosophical Accounts of Perception; Jaegwon Kim, The American Origins of Philosophical Naturalism; Christine M. Korsgaard, Realism and Constructivism in Twentieth-Century Moral Philosophy.

A collection of essays, Renascent Pragmatism: Studies in Law and Social Science, ed. Alfonso Morales,. available at: https://www.ashgate.com.

"This collection of essays makes a powerful and coherent case for a renascent pragmatism as a tool and organizing principle for socio-legal research — and for the talents of a new generation of scholars embracing this tool. The uninitiated reader will learn important insights into the contribution and history of pragmatism, while those more familiar with pragmatism will see its particular utility for cutting-edge socio-legal research — superbly exemplified in this volume." Bryant Garth, Director, American Bar Foundation, Chicago, USA.

My essay, "The Dilemma of Democracy: Diversity of Interests and Common Experiences," is included in this collection.

Jane Addams, Democracy and Social Ethics. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2002. Introduction by Charlene Haddock Seigfried. This book is available at Amazon.Com

According to Jane Addams, morality must be seen as a social rather than an individual endeavor, and democracy as a way of life rather than merely a basis for laws. While arguing that we are morally obliged to seek out diverse experiences, she exposes the biases of unequally positioned subjects. She reflects on the factors that hinder the ability of all members of society to determine their own well-being and astutely analyses class, ethnic, and gender biases in family structures and women’s roles, labor and industry disputes, and urges the need for radical reforms in education and politics.

Jane Addams, The Long Road of Women's Memory. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2002. Introduction by Charlene Haddock Seigfried. This book is available at Amazon.Com

As Addams recounts conversations in which women revealed how they lived in the midst of poverty, war, and physical and psychological abuse, she reflects on the ways that memory and myth sustain them. In its transformative possibilities, the utilization of memory looks to the future rather than simply repeating what has already happened. Each chapter emphasizes this creative appropriation of the past, including transmuting the past, reacting on life, disturbing conventions, integrating industry, challenging war, and interpretive memory.

Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Feminist Interpretations of John Dewey. Ed., Re-Reading the Canon series, University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002. This book is available at Amazon.Com

At a time when feminists are questioning and developing alternatives to the model of scientistic value-free inquiry, the myth of detached observation informing the epistemological turn, rationalistic ethics, and the model of an unattached, nonrelational subject, this book reminds us of Dewey's early and passionate opposition to the same assumptions and his reconstruction of philosophy as a "method of moral and political diagnoses and prognosis."

Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Pragmatism and Feminism: Reweaving the Social Fabric. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. This book is available at Amazon.Com

"In 1996, pragmatist feminism fully secured a place on the philosophical map with the publication of the first book in the field, Charlene Haddock Seigfried's Pragmatism and Feminism. Addressing both pragmatists and feminists, Pragmatism and Feminism reclaims as pragmatist feminists women philosophers such as Elsie Ripley Clapp, Lucy Sprague Mitchell, Ella Flagg Young, and the better-known Addams and Gilman, and explores some of the benefits and tensions produced by bringing contemporary feminist theory together with American philosophy, particularly on the topics of science, experience, and ethics." Shannon Sullivan, Journal of Speculative Philosophy.

Charlene Haddock Seigfried, William James's Radical Reconstruction of Philosophy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990. This book is available at Amazon.Com

"For me, the book provided new insights into the implications of specific texts and also into the continuity, from one period and one topic to another, of James's preoccupations and methodological strategies. Reading it, I felt it I was 'getting inside' James's writings in a way I never had before. She teases out dominant motifs and shows their implications for his own position in ways he was incapable of doing. Without claiming to have the last word (which would be unJamesian), she is very persuasive." Beth J. Singer

Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Chaos and Context: A Study in William James. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1978. This book is available at Amazon.Com

"James' most important philosophical contention has to do with the status of relations and the philosophical implications of that contention, which he subsequently referred to as radical empiricism. Professor Seigfried's book is the only full-length analysis of this doctrine, and it is exquisitely and originally presented. The title of her book, Chaos and Context, points to an original interpretation of 'pure experience' and her explanatory chapter is one of the best on the subject." -blurb