Beyond Solidarity: Pragmatism and Difference in a Globalized World

Beyond Solidarity: Pragmatism and Difference in a Globalized World

by Giles Gunn, Giles Gunn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226310647

ISBN-13: 9780226310640

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Beyond Solidarity is an impassioned argument for a sharable morality in a world increasingly fractured along lines of difference. Giles Gunn asks how human solidarity can be reconceived when its expressions have become increasingly exceptionalist and outmoded, and when the pressures of globalization divide as much as they unify.
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Beyond Solidarity is an impassioned argument for a sharable morality in a world increasingly fractured along lines of difference. Giles Gunn asks how human solidarity can be reconceived when its expressions have become increasingly exceptionalist and outmoded, and when the pressures of globalization divide as much as they unify.
He finds the terms for answering these questions in a more inclusive, cosmopolitan pragmatism—one willing to explore fundamental values without recourse to absolutist arguments. Drawing on the work of William and Henry James, John Dewey, Primo Levi, Richard Rorty, and many others, as well as postcolonial writing, Jewish literature of the Holocaust, and the cultural and religious experience of African Americans in slavery, Gunn points pragmatism in a transnational direction and shows how it can better account for the consequences of diversity. Beyond Solidarity, then, is a study of the difference that difference makes in a globalized world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226310640
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
IRethinking Solidarity
1Multiculturalism, Mourning, and the Colonial Legacy of the Americas: Towards a New Pragmatics of Cross- and Intercultural Criticism3
2Rethinking Human Solidarity in an Age of Globalism25
IIJamesian Matters
3William James and the Globalization of Pragmatism51
4Pragmatism and The American Scene87
IIIPragmatist Rereadings
5Religion, Rorty, and the Recent Revival of Pragmatism111
6Rhetorical Pragmatism and the Question of the Historical129
7The Pragmatics of the Aesthetic146
IVBeyond Solidarity
8Beyond Solidarity171
Notes197
Acknowledgments219
Index223

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