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Torjus Midtgarden's work centers on Pragmatism and its contemporary relevance for Social and Political Theory. He has recently studied how Classical Pragmatism (John Dewey), as well as Neo-Pragmatism (Robert Brandom), draws on perspectives from Hegel’s philosophy, and he has explored ways in which Dewey’s Pragmatism bears on current discussions in Critical Social Theory (Axel Honneth, James Bohman). Together with German and French colleagues he currently partakes in explorations of how Dewey’s Pragmatism may be seen as congenial to Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach but also of ways in which it may critically complement the latter by stressing that individuals’ capabilities depend on collective achievements and capabilities and on transactions with non-human nature.  

Communication as Transmission and as Ritual: Dewey’s Account of Communication and Carey’s Cultural Approach. Contemporary Pragmatism, 18(2), 113-133 (2021)

'Peirce’s Classification of the Sciences.' Knowledge Organization 47(3): 267-278 (2020).

'A Wide View of Democracy and An Inclusive Conception of The Social,' European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy [Online], XII-1 | (2020)

'Charles S. Peirce: Pragmatism, Logic and Metaphysics,' pp. 191-216 in Leila Haaparanta and Heikki Koskinen (eds.) Categories of Being: Essays on Metaphysics and Logic, (2012).

'Dewey's Philosophy of Language', Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 245.3 (2008) 257-272

'Peirce’s Epistemology and Its Kantian Legacy: Exegetic and Systematic Considerations', Journal of the History of Philosophy, 45.4 (2007) 577-601

'Introduction', (with Vincent Colapietro and Torill Strand), Studies in Philosophy and Education, 24.3-4 (2005) 167-177

'Pragmatism and Peirce's Definition of the Purpose of a University', Studies in Philosophy and Education, 24.3-4 (2005) 327-335

'On the Prospects of a Semiotic Theory of Learning', Educational Philosophy and Theory 37.2 (2005) 239-252

'Måling av pasientsentrert kommunikasjon' ('Measuring Patient-centered communication'), Tidsskrift for Den Norske Lægeforening, 125.22 (2005) 3133-3135.

'Peirce on the Notion of Self and Personal Identity', History of Philosophy Quarterly, 19.1 (2002) 109–124.

'Iconic Aspects of Language and Language Use: Peirce's Work on Iconicity Revisited', Semiotica, 139.4 (2002) 227–244.

Peirce's Speculative Grammar from 1895-1896: Its Exegetical Background and Significance, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, XXXVIII (2001): 81–96.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) 2021. Communication as Transmission and as Ritual: Dewey’s Account of Communication and Carey’s Cultural Approach. Contemporary Pragmatism. 113-133.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Peirce’s classification of the sciences. Knowledge organization.
  • Show author(s) 2019. Dewey’s Conceptualization of the Public as Polity Contextualized: The Struggle for Democratic Control over Natural Resources and Technology. Contemporary Pragmatism. 104-131.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Conflicting and complementary conceptions of discursive practice in non-metaphysical interpretations of Hegel. Philosophy & Social Criticism. 559-576.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Critical pragmatism: Dewey's social philosophy revisited. European Journal of Social Theory. 505-521.
  • Show author(s) 2011. The Hegelian Legacy in Dewey's Social and Political Philosophy, 1915-1920. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 361-388.
  • Show author(s) 2011. EPICURE : et dialogisk redskab til evaluering af kvalitativ forskning. Nordisk sygeplejeforskning. 33-56.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Toward an agenda for evaluation of qualitative research. Qualitative Health Research. 1504-1516.
  • Show author(s) 2008. "Dewey’s Philosophy of Language". Revue internationale de philosophie. 257-272.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Peirce's epistemology and its Kantian legacy: Exegetic and systematic considerations. Journal of the history of philosophy. 577-601.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Pierce on Education: Pragmatism and Peirce's Definition of the Purpose of a University. Studies in Philosophy and Education. 327-335.
  • Show author(s) 2005. On the Prospects of A Semiotic Theory of Learning. Educational Philosophy and Theory. 239-252.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Måling av pasientsentrert kommunikasjon. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 3133-5.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Introduction. Pierce and Education: The Conflicting Processes of Learning and Discovery. Studies in Philosophy and Education. 167-177.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Introduction. Peirce and Education: The Conflicting Processes of Learning and Discovery. Studies in Philosophy and Education. 167-177.
  • Show author(s) 2002. Peirce on the Notion of Self and Personal Identity. History of Philosophy Quarterly. 109-124.
  • Show author(s) 2002. Iconic Aspects of Language and Language Use: Peirce's Work on Iconicity Revisited. Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. 227-244.
  • Show author(s) 2001. Peirce's Speculative Grammar from 1895-1896: Its Exegetical Background and Significance. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 81-96.
  • Show author(s) 1996. Den språkfilosofiske relevansen til Peirces semiotikk. Norsk Filosofisk tidsskrift. 57-73.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) 2010. Om den amerikanske Hegelresepsjonen.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Dewey on communication as reason-giving.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Om presisjon, fortolking og refleksjon, med utgangspunkt i Gadamers hermeneutikk.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Dewey and Brandom on Meaning and Social Practices.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Pragmatistiske perspektiv på læringsprosessar.
  • Show author(s) 2002. The relevance of Peirce's conception of a scientific intelligence.
Reader opinion piece
  • Show author(s) 2001. Språk, kontekst og meining. Apollon : Forskningsmagasin for Universitetet i Oslo.
Book review
  • Show author(s) 2020. Nils Gilje 2019. Hermeneutikk som metode: Ein historisk introduksjon. Tidsskrift for kulturforskning. 122-125.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Practice, judgement, and the challenge of moral and political disagreement: a pragmatist account. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 112-117.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Peirce's theory of inquiry and beyond. By Thora Margareta Bertilsson. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 528-531.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) 2020. Ambedkar’s radical moves beyond Dewey’s pragmatism. Countercurrents.org.
  • Show author(s) 2002. Arven frå den amerikanske pragmatismen. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 8 pages.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) 2015. Intellectual Practicians. An Exploration of Professionalism among Upper Secondary School Teachers with Icelandic Mother Tongue Teachers as a Contextualized Empirical Case.
  • Show author(s) 2000. Peirces spekulative grammatikk.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) 2019. Peirce’s Concept of Scientific Intelligence: Its Kantian Background and Relevance. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Pragmatism. 5 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Categorical Analysis in Pragmatism: Specialization in Science and the Role of Philosophy. 27 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Dewey, John. 3 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2015. John Dewey and Democratic Participation under Modern Conditions. 15 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Pragmatism, Cultural Lags and Moral Self-Reflection. 8 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2013. John Dewey – fridom, deltaking og offentlegheit. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Charles S. Peirce: Pragmatism, Logic, and Metaphysics. 26 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Toward a semiotic theory of learning. 12 pages.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) 2020. A wide view of democracy and an inclusive conception of the social. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy. 1-14.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Rawls, Dewey, and Constructivism: On the Epistemology of Justice by Eric Thomas Weber (review). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 476-480.

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