“The problem of pragmatists is that they never give up striving. The problem of stoics is that they give it up too soon. If we could combine the two views—vigorously seeking improvement so long as our energies have a chance to prevail and graciously surrendering when the world strikes us down—we would have the makings of a sound philosophy.”
“Contrary to what recent generations of thinkers have preached, the grand task of philosophy remains the exploration and recommendation of sensible ways of life. Stoic pragmatism stands out among these as perhaps the best approach to a satisfying existence. It may not offer a perfect method for dealing with the baffling complexity of our problems, but for thoroughly limited beings such as ourselves, it is good enough.”
And here is the Amazon summary of the book:
“John Lachs, one of American philosophy’s most distinguished interpreters, turns to William James, Josiah Royce, Charles S. Peirce, John Dewey, and George Santayana to elaborate stoic pragmatism, or a way to live life within reasonable limits. Stoic pragmatism makes sense of our moral obligations in a world driven by perfectionist human ambition and unreachable standards of achievement. Lachs proposes a corrective to pragmatist amelioration and stoic acquiescence by being satisfied with what is good enough. This personal, yet modest, philosophy offers penetrating insights into the American way of life and our human character.”
So, anyone for a creative mix of Pragmatism and Stoicism?
Categories: Modern Stoicism