Was Kenneth Burke a Pragmatist?

Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 31 (3):632 - 658 (1995)
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Kenneth Burke's recent death has spurred academics in a variety of disciplines to reassess the import of his prolific output. As a specialist in American philosophy, I have begun to make inroads on a question I have heard thus far only in English and Communication departments: Should Kenneth Burke be considered a pragmatist. This paper seeks to persuade specialists in Pragmatism and American Philosophy that Burke's work has enough in common with the epistemological and metaphysical doctrines of Classical Pragmatism to merit renewed consideration by philosophers.

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David L. Hildebrand
University of Colorado Denver


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