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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.  

Journal articles
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2019. Dewey’s Conceptualization of the Public as Polity Contextualized: The Struggle for Democratic Control over Natural Resources and Technology. Contemporary Pragmatism. 16: 104-131. Published 2019-02-22. doi: 10.1163/18758185-0161122
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2016. Rawls, Dewey, and Constructivism: On the Epistemology of Justice by Eric Thomas Weber (review). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 52: 476-480.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2013. Conflicting and complementary conceptions of discursive practice in non-metaphysical interpretations of Hegel. Philosophy & Social Criticism. 39: 559-576. doi: 10.1177/0191453712471657
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2013. Practice, judgement, and the challenge of moral and political disagreement: a pragmatist account. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 49: 112-117.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2012. Critical pragmatism: Dewey's social philosophy revisited. European Journal of Social Theory. 15: 505-521. doi: 10.1177/1368431011432373
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2011. Peirce's theory of inquiry and beyond. By Thora Margareta Bertilsson. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 47: 528-531.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2011. The Hegelian Legacy in Dewey's Social and Political Philosophy, 1915-1920. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 47: 361-388.
  • Stige, Brynjulf; Malterud, Kirsti; Midtgarden, Torjus. 2011. EPICURE : et dialogisk redskab til evaluering af kvalitativ forskning. Nordisk sygeplejeforskning. 1: 33-56.
  • Stige, Brynjulf; Malterud, Kirsti; Midtgarden, Torjus. 2009. Toward an agenda for evaluation of qualitative research. Qualitative Health Research. 19: 1504-1516. doi: 10.1177/1049732309348501
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2008. "Dewey’s Philosophy of Language". Revue internationale de philosophie. 62: 257-272.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2007. Peirce's epistemology and its Kantian legacy: Exegetic and systematic considerations. Journal of the history of philosophy. 45: 577-601.
  • Colapietro, Vincent; Midtgarden, Torjus; Strand, Torill. 2005. Introduction. Peirce and Education: The Conflicting Processes of Learning and Discovery. Studies in Philosophy and Education. 24: 167-177.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2005. Pierce on Education: Pragmatism and Peirce's Definition of the Purpose of a University. Studies in Philosophy and Education. 24: 327-335.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2005. Måling av pasientsentrert kommunikasjon. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 125: 3133-5.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2005. On the Prospects of A Semiotic Theory of Learning. Educational Philosophy and Theory. 37: 239-252.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus; Strand, T. 2005. Introduction. Pierce and Education: The Conflicting Processes of Learning and Discovery. Studies in Philosophy and Education. 24: 167-177.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2002. Arven frå den amerikanske pragmatismen. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 3. 8 pages.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2002. Iconic Aspects of Language and Language Use: Peirce's Work on Iconicity Revisited. Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. 139: 227-244.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2002. Peirce on the Notion of Self and Personal Identity. History of Philosophy Quarterly. 19: 109-124.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2001. Språk, kontekst og meining. Apollon : Forskningsmagasin for Universitetet i Oslo. 3.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2001. Peirce's Speculative Grammar from 1895-1896: Its Exegetical Background and Significance. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. XXXVIII: 81-96.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 1996. Den språkfilosofiske relevansen til Peirces semiotikk. Norsk Filosofisk tidsskrift. 31: 57-73.
Reports and theses
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2000. Peirces spekulative grammatikk. -1 pages.
Book sections
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2018. Categorical Analysis in Pragmatism: Specialization in Science and the Role of Philosophy. Chapter 6, pages 107-133. In:
    • Hackett, Paul M. W. 2018. Mereologies, Ontologies, and Facets. The Categorial Structure of Reality. Lexington Books. 257 pages. ISBN: 9781498524971.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2018. Pragmatism. Peirce and Education, pages . In:
    • Peters, Michael. 2018. Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer Nature. 2411 pages. ISBN: 978-981-287-532-7.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2017. Dewey, John. encyclopedia article, pages . In:
    • Turner, Brian; Kyung-Sup, Chang; Epstein, Cynthia F.; Kivisto, Peter; Ryan, J. Michael; Outhwaite, William. 2017. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Wiley-Blackwell. 2864 pages. ISBN: 9781118430873.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2015. John Dewey and Democratic Participation under Modern Conditions. Part I. Democracy, pages 29-43. In:
    • Zackariasson, Ulf. 2015. Action, Belief and Inquiry—Pragmatist Perspectives on Science, Society and Religion. Nordic Studies in Pragmatism 3. 319 pages. ISBN: 978-952-67497-2-3.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2014. Pragmatism, Cultural Lags and Moral Self-Reflection. 67, pages 481-488. In:
    • Thellefsen, Torkild; Sørensen, Bent. 2014. Charles Sanders Peirce in His Own Words. 100 Years of Semiotic, Communication and Cognition. Mouton de Gruyter. 606 pages. ISBN: 9781614517535.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2013. John Dewey – fridom, deltaking og offentlegheit. Kapittel 22, pages 613-636. In:
    • Pedersen, Jørgen. 2013. Politisk filosofi: Fra Platon til Hannah Arendt. Pax Forlag. 742 pages. ISBN: 978-82-530-3602-1.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2012. Charles S. Peirce: Pragmatism, Logic, and Metaphysics. Chapter 7, pages 191-216. In:
    • Koskinen, Heikki J.; Haaparanta, Leila. 2012. Categories of Being. Essays on Metaphysics and Logic. Oxford University Press. 489 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-989057-6.
  • Midtgarden, Torjus. 2010. Toward a semiotic theory of learning. bokkapittel, pages 71-82. In:
    • Semetsky, Inna. 2010. Semiotics education experience. Sense Publishers. 300 pages. ISBN: 978-94-6091-224-5.

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